Friday, February 29, 2008
Is this an artistic masterpiece? Of course not. But it is pretty damn funny. It feels much more like Slap Shot or Major League than Ferrell's other recent sports comedies. It mixes elements of the cliche sports movie and goofball Ferrell comedy to a somewhat refreshing effect. Woody Harrelson is funny but also rather effective in the dramatic moments. Much to my surprise Andre Benjamin continues his streak of surprisingly tolerable performances (earlier in Four Brothers and on The Shield), suffice to say I don't often have high expectations for converted musicians. While it is, of course, cliche and contrived I still had a real good time with it. I recommend it for a fun hour and half, just don't expect the comedic glory of Old School.
Overall Score: 7/10