Semi-Pro (15)

They're still trying to bottle the spirit of Dodgeball, but the problem with this latest underdog sports comedy is that it, a) tries too hard (Will Ferrell's gurning) and, b) doesn't try hard enough (Scot Armstrong's feeble screenplay).

Ferrell seems to be running on empty, despite a luxuriant McEnroe afro-with-headband and a past as a one-hit wonder ("Love Me Sexy"). His role as owner-player in a Michigan basketball team doesn't go much further than jumping around in tight shorts, and his comic technique seems to rely on simply outyelling the rest of the cast.

Watch the trailer for 'Semi-Pro'





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