Billy Bob Thornton
Marcia Gay Harden
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.
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.