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comedy, sports

Will Ferrell stars in Semi-Pro, an outrageous comedy set in 1976 against the backdrop of the maverick ABA a wild and crazy basketball league that attempted to rival the NBA.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5

No huge laughs in Ferrell's foul-mouthed comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that lots of kids are huge fans of Will Ferrell comedies, particularly the goofy sports ones. This one has more strong language than some of Ferrell's other movies (nearly every scene includes some creative use of "f--k" and its many derivatives), as well as the requisite sex jokes (including one sex scene between a mostly dressed couple) and outrageous behavior (fighting a bear to promote a basketball game). There's also an aggressive off-screen promotion in which Ferrell's character pitches Old Spice and Bud Light in commercials.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether this comedy follows the Hollywood formula for sports movies. Despite the raunchy jokes, isn't this more or less a typical underdog story? What is Monix's message about professional sports? To him, is it more important to be an NBA hotshot or to love playing basketball? Why do you think this movie got an R rating, while many of Ferrell's other sports comedies have been PG-13? Is it just the strong language? Does swearing make a movie funnier, or is it distracting?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's long on shorts but short on punchlines.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, February 29, 2008


- Bob Mondello,, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fresh: No amount or combination of shame, absurdity and unflattering outfits seem to dint Ferrell's fierce commitment to character.

- Brent Simon, Screen International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Going by some reviews on here and other places i was thinking this was going to be a pile of turd poo.But i was taken back and was surprise that it was actually good.Its not perfect and there are plenty of bum jokes but when there are some good ones they are brilliant.Worth a check if you like will ferrell.

- briandeguelle, Thursday, August 12, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010

0 star

Semi Pro is an unoriginal, unfunny film that uses recycled humour from Will Ferrell's previous films to create it's brand of comedy. A film that signals yet another death rattle ring for Will Ferrell's tumbling career, Semi Pro is a film thats desperately trying to be funny. What happened to Ferrell? Zoolander, Old School and Taladega Night were good enough comedies. But this? This is crap, pure crap. Only the diehard Ferrell fan with intelligence of a 2 year old will love this. Semi Pro, is simply put a recycled film with jokes that we've heard before with the same characters under different names. This film is not different than Blades Of Glory or Anchorman. Will Ferrell's golden years are behind him, and Semi Pro along with Blades Of Glory, Step Brother and Land of The Lost is the beginning of the end for Will Ferrell. Only his most diehard followers won't admit his pathetic decline into mediocrity.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, June 13, 2010