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Bad News Bears (SE)
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Dec 13, 2005 By: Sturdy
Bad News Bears (SE) order
Director:
Richard Linklater

Actors:
Billy Bob Thornton
Greg Kinnear
Marcia Gay Harden

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A washed up ex-baseball player coaches a team of misfits as they teach each other about life and baseball.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Blah. Thatís the best word to describe this movie. It wonít shock anyone and it wonít wow you. If youíve seen a coming of age sports movie, then chances are good youíve seen this done before. Itís essentially the same movie as itís 70ís predecessor but without the racy edge that made the original famous.

Which brings us right to the problem. Without the racy edge, BAD NEWS BEARS turns into another run of the mill childrenís sports movie. Also, this couldíve been dubbed Bad Santa 2 because Billy Bob is playing the exact same role. Heís great at it, but itís quickly getting old.

Itís not that I didnít like the movie, I just found it boring because of itís unoriginal story. I feel that if theyíre going to remake a movie, the goal should be to take the original and go forward with it, not backwards. There was ample opportunity here to make a cutting edge sports movie and instead they follow the cookie cutter formula for kids films and leave you with very little in the way of substance.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Richard Linklater, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa: These guys have a good time watching the movie and discussing it. This is how commentaries should be. Three guys talking about their movie and bouncing ideas and jokes off of each other.

At Bat With the Bears (11:32): Typical fluff. It consists mainly of the cast and director talking about their reasoning for choosing the project.

Writing the Bad News Bears (9:39): Here they give some face time for the writers of the movie. They talk about the difficulties they had and their motivation behind their work. My question is; Is it really hard to take a script and cut everything good out?

Scouting for the Big Leagues (10:18): The screen tests are the real gem here. Other than that, this featurette is interesting talk from the crew about the challenges in casting a movie full of kids.

Spring Training (4:39): This is a nice featurette with the guys that helped the kids prepare for the baseball scenes.

Deleted Scenes (8:52): I enjoyed these. I liked the scenes in which Billy Bobís character interacts with the kids on a personal level. The movie needed more of this.

Outtakes (1:28): Worthless. These are three scenes where the actors mess up their lines.

Video Baseball Cards: Cast bios in the form of video baseball cards.

There are also a hand full of Trailers.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
With so many remakes being done in Hollywood, itís kind of clichť to bash the recent trend. So with comparisons aside, this story has been done. Most recently in KICKING AND SCREAMING. You know how itís going to end, and you know when. If youíre not looking for anything original and you want a decent kidís sports movie, then this should suffice.
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