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Bad News for the Bad News Bears

Published July 25, 2005 in Movie Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Paramount Pictures
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After watching the re-make of the 1976 film Bad News Bears, I could only think to myself that I liked Bad Santa better. Why? Well, here we again have Billy Bob Thornton as a funny, kind of loveable, scumbag that seems to have quite a few crude, awkward, and sometimes-witty one-liners under his sleeve. I kept wondering if this Bad Santa was put on parole and his punishment was to coach a little league baseball team filled with kids who can be humorous, or obnoxious, depending on how you look at it.

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To be honest, I might sound as if I am being a little too hard on Bad News Bears, which I could be. However, after watching the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers last week I was reminded of how great comedic films can be; but Bad News Bears did not fit that profile. Directed by Richard Linklater [The School of Rock, Dazed and Confused, A Scanner Darkly], Bad News Bears is about a team of rejects who learn what it is to be a team and, more importantly, how to enjoy the sport of baseball. The only thing that makes learning these skills hard is the fact that the coach is Morris Buttermaker [Billy Bob Thornton], an ex-pro pitcher who is a functioning alcoholic and admits to quitting everything he has ever tried at.

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Thornton's character obviously represents about fifty percent of the comedy behind Bad News Bears. We can throw another twenty-five percent to Greg Kinnear as the overbearing baseball coach and the other twenty-five percent to the obnoxious kids. The only problem is that each one of these three elements can at times go past humorous and become obnoxious. It also hurts that most of the Bad News Bears children are not the best actors to come to the big screen either. Some of the dialogue, whether poorly written or performed, just didn't mix properly.

The only people I would suggest Bad News Bears to are those who absolutely loved Bad Santa and cannot wait to see even a few more minutes of Billy Bob Thornton as a humorous scumbag or those of you who have children and need the proper mix of adult humor in a 'family film.' Other than that, you may just want to stick with the original... or go rent Bad Santa.


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