A washed-up ballplayer is put in charge of a pack of kids scarcely more mature than himself in this remake of the 1976 comedy hit. Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) is a former major league baseball player whose career and life has hit the skids thanks to his overwhelming fondness for booze and women. Needing a break, his lawyer (Marcia Gay Harden) arranges for Buttermaker to take on coaching responsibilities for the Bears, a Little League baseball team comprised of a handful of hapless losers. As Buttermaker tries to groom his young charges into a winning team, he also gives them a glimpse of his hard-living lifestyle while they gear up to take on perennial rivals the Yankees and their arrogant Coach Bullock (Greg Kinnear. The 2005 version of The Bad News Bears was written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who previously scripted another Billy Bob Thornton vehicle, Bad Santa. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Don't know if I would have rated it PG-13, just because of the language and dialog. Billy Bob Thornton was great - but you just can't beat that Slingblade character!! Overall, very good - my husband and I both enjoyed it.
I was a huge fan of the originals and I love Billy Bob Thornton so was expecting to like this remake. Unfortunately, the only good parts of the movie were shown in the previews. Really bad acting, forced foul language, and a story line that never really connected. Skip this one.
Terrible especially for kids but bad for everyone. They took a movie that has a good message and messed it up as usual. Bad language not necessary. Turned it off after 20 minutes. Do not let you kids watch this movie.
I enjoyed the movie. My expectations were low, I think that's key, and the movie actually exceeded them. Not in the same ballpark with the Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal version,(yes, I had to go there!) but enjoyable/likable. Not recommended for children under 14-15, that said though I've met children like some of those in the movie! They could certainly give me cussing lessons!
This movie is kind of like Bad Santa, only a little lighter. Billy Bob Thornton's charector in this movie is not as down and out as Bad Santa. Making him an exterminator, rather than a pool maintenance guy (like Matthau in the original) adds humor. Greg Kinnear is more up to date villian than just redoing Vic Morrow would have been. I wish they would have revised some of the kids a little more from the original - eapecially the obnoxiuos blond infielder. But all in all a fun movie you can enjoy after your kids are asleep.
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