BAD NEWS BEARS
Remake Strikes Out
Release Date: July 22, 2005
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg
Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden and
Audience: Young teenagers to adults
Runtime: 114 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: Richard Linklater
Executive Producer: Marcus Viscidi
Producer: Geyer Kosinski and Richard
Writer: Bill Lancaster, Glenn Ficarra
and John Requa
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Thornton plays Buttermaker, a has-been baseball player who has since become an alcoholic pest exterminator. To make extra money, he agrees to coach a baseball team full of youth who have been rejected from other Little League teams. His team, the Bears, lives up to its reputation and doesn’t know the first thing about playing. Buttermaker thinks it will be easy to cruise through the season and cash his check, but he is baited into competition by the reigning champions’ coach, played by Greg Kinnear at his slimiest.
Buttermaker begins whipping the team into shape, with pitching help from his ex-girlfriend’s daughter and batting power from the town’s resident skater punk. True to the original and sports movie tradition, even the young people who didn’t have a clue before are getting their act together, and soon they’re all headed for the championship game.
BAD NEWS BEARS is off-putting for a few reasons. Everyone’s comic timing is way off, likely because of the directing, which makes one wonder if some jokes were flubbed or just poorly acted. None of the characters have personalities or consistent traits, which means that instead of a plot, the movie is a chain of isolated events popping off. Further, Billy Bob Thornton is rarely engaging or funny here, as his ornery curmudgeon act is growing thin.
Paramount is marketing the movie to families, but it’s rife with cursing, strippers and negative attitudes. The coach sleeps with the mother of one of his players, and there is sexual innuendo which children would want explained to them. The foul language is strong and constant, and Buttermaker is a total drunk. He passes out in front of the team and even gives non-alcoholic beer to the children.
Don’t be fooled by memories of the 70s version with Walter Matthau. This BAD NEWS BEARS lives up to its name. It’s certainly not for children, or anyone with discriminating taste.
Paramount is marketing BAD NEWS BEARS to children, but the movie's rife with negative attitudes. It's full of foul language, alcoholism and strippers. The coach sleeps with the mother of one of his players, and there is sexual innuendo which children would want explained to them. The foul language is strong. Also, Buttermaker is a drunk who passes out in front of his team and even gives non-alcoholic beer to the children. BAD NEWS BEARS isn’t for children, or anyone with discriminating taste.