Basketball gets the Will Ferrell treatment following the Ice-skating antics of Blades of Glory.
Ferrell is Jackie Moon, owner of the Flint (Michigan) Tropics, underdogs (of course) on the verge of the big-time with the inception of the NBA.
Jackie is famous and fairly wealthy due to the success of his single “Love me Sexy” and his dream is one day to get his team to the big leagues.
Woody Harrelson’s veteran Monix comes along for the crazy season and gives life lessons in Basketball to Ferrell’s un-gamely crew. Harrelson along with star player Clarence (Andre Benjamin) provide some straighter-laced balance for all the silliness.
Ferrell and Harrelson make a decent comedy duo, but the more side splitting one-liners are saved for the close-knuckle punditry from side-line commentators Dick Pepperfield (Andrew Daly) and Lou Redwood (Will Arnett).
Basically a re-run of pretty much what Ferrell delivered previously and better in Talladega Nights and of course, Anchorman, Semi-Pro still delivers a ton of giggles through all manner of game day publicity stunts, stupendously silly set pieces and foul mouthed laughs. And as ever it’s as insanely quotable as you can imagine from a Ferrell movie.
If you dislike this kind of thing then you will truly hate Semi-Pro, but if like me seeing Ferrell splendidly make a complete ass out of himself as always, then this is as absurd and hilarious as it gets.
It may repeat some of the riotous gags of Bear fighting, fondue and 70’s in-jokes but Semi-Pro is still hysterical and the ‘Jive Turkey’ scene ranks best alongside anything seen in Ferrelldom.