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Bad News Bears (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 22 July 2005 (USA)
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A grizzled little league coach tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.

Director:

Richard Linklater

Writers:

Bill Lancaster (screenplay), Glenn Ficarra (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Morris Buttermaker
Greg Kinnear ... Roy Bullock
Marcia Gay Harden ... Liz Whitewood
Sammi Kane Kraft ... Amanda Whurlitzer
Ridge Canipe ... Toby Whitewood
Brandon Craggs ... Mike Engelberg
Jeffrey Davies ... Kelly Leak
Timmy Deters ... Tanner Boyle
Carlos Estrada ... Miguel Agilar
Emmanuel Estrada ... Jose Agilar
Troy Gentile ... Matthew Hooper
Kenneth 'K.C.' Harris ... Ahmad Abdul Rahim
Aman Johal ... Prem Lahiri
Tyler Patrick Jones ... Timmy Lupus
Jeffrey Tedmori ... Garo Daragabrigadien
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Storyline

To scrape up some extra cash, the semi-inebriated, cigar-smoking, former minor-league pitcher and now professional exterminator, Morris Buttermaker, agrees to coach the inept little-league baseball team of young misfits, the Bears. Against the backdrop of a tough championship and an intense rivalry with the impeccable Yankees, Coach Buttermaker goes as far as to recruit Amanda Whurlitzer, the twelve-year-old daughter of one of his ex-girlfriends and star pitcher, and the troubled bike-riding baseball hitter, Kelly Leak. Under those circumstances, do Morris' uncoordinated boys have what it takes to start winning? Did the maladroit Bears bite off more than they could chew? Written by Nick Riganas

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Disorganized. Disrespected. Dis summer. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for rude behavior, language throughout, some sexuality and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Real-life baseball pro Sammi Kane Kraft's first and only on-screen performance. She later passed away in a tragic car crash at the young age of 20. See more »

Goofs

When Roy Bullock first meets Buttermaker, Greg Kinnear (Bullock) flubs his lines. He says, "stop by and see me sometime, I'm over at Chevy Valley Subaru." The name of the car dealership, as referenced later in the film and as makes sense with standard naming convention, is Valley Chevy Subaru. See more »

Quotes

[after having the kids use cans of pesticide that had a warning against carcinogen]
Morris Buttermaker: Hey, Hooper, what are you doing with that patch on your eye? Playing Pirate? Come to swab the deck, matey?
Matthew Hooper: Mother says I have cancer of the eye.
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Connections

Referenced in School Bus Diaries (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Cocaine
by J.J. Cale
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of PolyGram International Music BV
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Rock 'n roll update--not all that different, but dispiriting...
29 December 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Unskilled, belligerent group of young boys on a losing Little League baseball team get an alcoholic coach who eventually cleans up their act--and his own. Any film-buff well acquainted with the 1976 Michael Ritchie film "The Bad News Bears" will watch this remake in a perpetual state of deprivation. For every new ingredient added (a kid in a wheelchair, Hooters waitresses on the sidelines, a skateband interlude), there's a classic sequence dropped, funny lines omitted, a bracing sense of importance missing, and uncharismatic, non-plussed child actors who walk through their roles colorlessly. Of course, Billy Bob Thornton is a terrific substitute for Walter Matthau, but Matthau didn't carry the original film all by himself, and Thornton isn't fully in-character anyway (he's just breezing through). The whole early morning feel of Southern California Little League is missing, and the urgency of the original is gone, too (those kids had something riding on these games). Director Richard Linklater obviously was fond of the 1976 version, but he knows the notes without hearing the music; he supplies updated comedic touches without seeing the relevancy, and his tone and narrative are doggedly straightforward (except for the strange opening sequence, which immediately gets the picture off on the wrong foot). A sad botch. *1/2 from ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bad News Bears See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,382,472, 24 July 2005

Gross USA:

$32,868,349

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,252,847
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1.85 : 1
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