Bad News Bears

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Released 2005

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Director:
Richard Linklater
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Bad News Bears is a 2005 remake of the 1979 classic about a misfit Little League team. Attorney Liz Whitewood (Marcia Gay Harden) filed a lawsuit demanding that all children should have the opportunity to play baseball. The result is a rag-tag team of players, including one in a motorized wheelchair. Enter one-time baseball player Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) to coach the team. After playing one game in the major leagues, he has become a heavy-drinking exterminator with a bitter attitude and politically incorrect approach to overseeing the team. For instance, "You guys are acting like Helen Keller at a pi''ata party." Once the superior antics of a rival coach, Roy Bullock (Greg Kinnear), gets under his skin, he recruits his estranged daughter, Amanda (Sammi Kane Kraft), and an athletically gifted player, Kelly (Jeffrey Davies), to give the team a fighting chance. Director Richard Linklater ("School of Rock") stays true to the charming original, while making the most of Thornton's hard-edged persona that contrasts perfectly to a team of 12-year olds.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Filled with small, cute kids and large, goofy laughs and buoyed by fine supporting work from Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden, the director's latest effort won't rock your movie ...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    A straightforward, surprisingly faithful and definitely loving adaptation of the original.

  • 80

    Variety Brian Lowry

    The new Bad News Bears has adopted a somewhat raunchier tone but delivers enough laughs to go the distance.

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    Comedy, Kids, Sports

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    Family Comedies, Slapstick