Semi-Pro

Semi-Pro

Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.
Name: Semi-Pro
Genres: Comedy, Sport
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2008
Time: 91 min
IMDb: 5.8/10

Storyline

Three men, three dreams. It’s 1976 in Flint, Michigan. Jackie Moon’s American Basketball Association team languishes in last place, with few fans in the seats. Jackie dreams of a merger with the NBA. A tough-minded point guard named Monix is at the end of his career; he’s played on the champion Celtics but accepts a trade to Flint to be close to Lynn, the love of his life. Clarence “Coffee” Brown dreams of stardom: he’s the Tropics’ best player, but he’s a hotdog who doesn’t value teamwork. When the trio learns that a merger is in the works that won’t include the Tropics, they pull the team together to try to achieve the impossible. Can dreams come true in Flint?
Plot Keywords: flint-michigan / team / michigan / merger / nba
Taglines: The Greatest Fro on Earth
Certificate: Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-13 | Germany:6 | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG-12 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:7 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Will Ferrell , Woody Harrelson , André Benjamin , Maura Tierney , Andrew Daly , Will Arnett , Andy Richter , David Koechner , Rob Corddry , Matt Walsh , Jackie Earle Haley , DeRay Davis , Josh Braaten , Jay Phillips , Peter Cornell , Pat Kilbane , Patti LaBelle , Tim Meadows , Jason Sudeikis , Kristen Wiig , Ellia English , Ian Roberts , Phil Hendrie , Ed Helms , Brian Huskey , Paul Rust , Charlyne Yi , Rashid Byrd , Terrell Byrd , Tyus Tillman , Michael Westphal , Collette Wolfe , MaShae Alderman , Briana Barran , Karen Berg , Charlie Gelbart , Leigha Kingsley , Kristin Pitts , Jenica Robinson , Erinn Selkis , Sandy Sunshine , Steve Seagren , Gil Glasgow , Noel Conlon , Scot Armstrong , Steve Bannos , Anthony Burrell , Dante Henderson , Dan Domenech , Lili Asvar , Gerard Averill , Brian Bennett , Carley Bonchonsky , Mark Bonto , Brad Bores , Grayson Boucher , David E. Brown , Toby Burger , Ryan C. Burney , Theo Caesar , Scott Campbell , Wesley Claggett , Scott Cordts , Jeff Crispi , Laurie Curtis , Ryan Curtis , Shawntay Dalon , Byron de Marse , Sarah Elizabeth Dell , Kimberly Evan , Mark J. Ferreri , Jerry Fortuna , Bill Gobber , James Markham Hall Jr. , Ron Hawk , Quinn Hawking , Hope Angelica James , Ralph Kampshoff , Charlie Koechner , Dan Last , Mim Lundgren , Kate Luyben , Eddie Mariano , Tom Massmann , Paul McMichael , Isabelle Merey , Tiffany Michelle , Jerry Minor , Danny Mooney , Justen Naughton , Margaret Newborn , Samantha Nunley , Jessica Rokitski , Bruno Sandoval , Arne Starr , Lyle Stevens , Warren Sweeney , Gary Teague , Steven Valdez , Maria Zambrana

Details

Company: New Line Cinema
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 29 Feb 2008 (Canada)
Year: 2008
Film Location: Flint, Michigan, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 91 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

User Review:

tastyhotdogs » Figured the holiday was a great time to catch this movie, which I wasn't overly excited about, but thought it would be something to do on a lazy afternoon.

Got to the cinema a tad early and sat down and played some golf on my phone. About 10 mins in and I was the only one there. Awesome. Sadly about 5mins later two losers with no friends walked in, making it a cosy cinema of 3.

The film starts with a pre-game intro of the Flint Tropics, a struggling team in the former ABA basketball league. We learn from the get go that Jackie Moon (Ferrell, in a role not much of a stretch for him) is the team owner, promoter, coach as well as a player. Jackie brought the team on the back of his one-hit wonder "Love Me Sexy" and is in it just for the fame and fun. Before too long Jackie finds out his team will absorbed by the ABA-NBA merger…unless he can get them in the Top 4 teams. Jackie goes out and signs (from a trade for a washing machine) Monix, played by formerly good actor Woody Harrelson in a minor attempt to tun things around. Soon he makes some other changes, such as agreeing to let Monix become coach to get his team into the NBA. Will it work……? See it to find out.

There's some more good quirky Ferrell humour, but this isn't a classic. The story had a lot more potential but in some circumstances went too oddball and weird and missed some good opportunities, probably largely due to the extra screen time given to Ferrell. Give him a few better support comedians and this could have been a classic. They missed some great opportunities with the basketball action too. One of the early scenes was gold…..but then after that very little was paid attention to.
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