Somebody Has Sampled Semi-Pro
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of New Line Cinema.
Kind of early, right? With Semi-Pro due out on February 29th, I had figured the comedy wasn't too far along. Wrong! Not only is there already a screening report for the film, but the reviewer claims the film ran long.
Screening Report Goes Semi-Pro
New Line Cinema is secretly collecting audience data on Semi-Pro and some have decided to talk about it. One reason I dig the review, or the reviewer, is his claim that Ferrell's recent films have not been able to stand up to Anchorman. I love Anchorman, and if this person recognizes the film's greatness and also claims that Semi-Pro is the next best thing to come along, I begin to pay attention.
Here is a snippet of the Semi-Pro screening report to appear over at AICN:
This is Farrell’s funniest movie since Anchorman. Fuck Balls of Fury. Talladega made me laugh, but not like this. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that it’s rated R. Because when you give Farrell the free reign to say whatever the fuck he wants, like say in, I don’t know… Old School, or his Weddding Crashers bit, wouldn’t you know it? He god damn delivers! When Farrell screams, “You are a fucking cocksucker!,” how can you not laugh? Farrell plays Jackie Moon, the owner, announcer, manager, coach, and player of the little known Flint, Michigan Tropics. It’s also the last year of the ABA, which is about to merge with the NBA. And when that happens, only a few teams will be absorbed. So in order for the Tropics to live on, they’ve got to prove their worth with the remainder of the season, or they’re toast. They’ve got to do this not only by actually winning (the cliché of most sports flicks), but by improving their near-nonexistent attendance. This is crucial because it’s where a lot of the movie’s funniest scenes derive from. See, Jackie’s a promoter, and to entice people to come, he infuses every game with a display of entertainment that is just off the fucking wall. Imagine a half time show that’s a 3 round cage match between Will Farrell and a grizzly bear. When we filled out our questionnaires after the credits, I, nor did any of my friends, have the least difficulty in listing our funniest ten scenes.
Semi-Pro opens to theaters on February 29th, 2008.
For additional movie info, go to the Semi-Pro Movie Page.
Sources: Image property of New Line Cinema
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