Filming the basketball comedy "Semi-Pro," which opens Friday, was mostly fun for the actor. Ferrell was the captain of his high school team - he once scored 28 points in a freshman game - and the movie was a chance to play endless games of pickup ball. Ferrell is Jackie Moon, a one-hit wonder singing sensation who also plays power forward for the Tropics.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Semi-Pro 's much better than Blades of Glorywhich wasn't nearly as good as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobbywhich was a little better than Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundywhich was almost as funny as Old Schoolwhich was better than everything else Will Ferrell had done up to that point—except maybe Dickwhich nobody saw and even fewer remember.
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Between "Talladega Nights," "Blades of Glory" and the new basketball flick "Semi-Pro," it may seem like Will Ferrell is exclusively acting in sports comedies. But rest assured: He will not make a movie about cricket, or deep-sea diving. It hurts.
He electrifies the crowd with such random tactics as bear-wrestling at half-time or attempting to roller-skate down a makeshift runway to jump over his cheerleaders Evel Knievel-style. Whiteguy fro and all, the man is a spectacle. Not saying Monix is all that great, either.
He plays seriously self-absorbed characters who do not have much self to absorb. He is also, obliviously, a tantrum-throwing tease. Can no one stop this man from mooning?
Sign in. I'll murder your family! Jackie Moon : In the anals of history people are going to be talking about three things: the discovery of fire, invention of the submarine, and the Flint, Michigan Mega Bowl. Jackie Moon : Everybody panic!
In order to succeed, the team must be one of the top four in the league and have a considerable attendance for each game. The biggest problem with the film is that it feels so familiar. The formula of Will Ferrell plus crazy hair and sports just seems so dried out already.
If you've somehow avoided the ubiquitous posters of Will Ferrell in a basketball uniform, you might conclude during the first moments of "Semi-Pro" that it's a bio-pic about a '70s group like the Commodores. As the credits roll, you hear a catchy, pseudo-bluesy, slow-mo disco ditty called "Love Me Sexy," a retro-ballad right out of Lionel Richie 's early songbook. There's more bluntness to the lyrics, mind you -- the missing comma, turning the title into a lascivious command, is no accident. Later, the patented Ferrell visuals come into view.