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*** Official SEMI-PRO Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Chris, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Chris

    Chris Lead Actor

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    Maybe this is a film that will die at the box office (though buzz tells me maybe not) but damn, I have to give them credit for th pretty outrageous ad campaign they are running.



    Link if embedded player isn't working:
    YouTube - Semi-Pro: "Love Me Sexy" Music Video
     
  2. Brandon_T

    Brandon_T Screenwriter

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    The unrated trailer makes it look way more funny than the standard trailer. Part of this was filmed in my town and it was pretty neat seeing all the movie stuff around town for a few days. Hope it does well.
     
  3. MatthewA

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    Will Ferrell is only as good as his material. I liked "Blades of Glory" and "Elf," but I didn't think "Talledega Nights" or "Anchorman" were all that great. Anchorman especially bugged me because the level of visual sophistication of actual 1970s local newscasts was nowhere near what the movie depicted them as. I thought he was miscast in the otherwise charming "Curious George" animated movie.
     
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    Personally, I find him utterly hilarious. Comedy/funny is usually just personal preference. Clearly, millions agree with me and many don't.

    He has 2 characters, basically:

    obnoxious and oblivious (aka ignoramus) - Anchorman, Talladega, Blades, Semi-Pro, Kicking and Screaming (a terrible film)

    and, sweet and oblivious (aka innocent) - Elf, Old School, Stranger than Fiction

    He mixes the two up often enough that it keeps it fresh enough for his fans. I think Step Brothers (the trailer is hilarious) will be BOTH sweet AND obnoxious. And, co-starring John C. Reilly again. Can't wait!
     
  5. Dennis Castro

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    You do realize that this is a comedy?

    A goofy Nonsensical one at that(and very funny as well.)

    The accuracy of the type broadcasts from that era was not exactly with point of the film.

    IT IS A COMEDY
     
  6. Phil_L

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    How has no one mentioned Zoolander? "I feel like I'm taking CRAZY PILLS!!!" [​IMG] Still his best role, rivaled only by Ron Burgandy in Anchorman.
     
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    His movies aren't that funny, but the concept of the characters is hillarious. I remember being really hyped to see Anchorman, but the final product wasn't as funny as the concept.

    He still deserve big props for being a big part of turning SNL around in the mid/late 90s.

    Ferrell was also in Night At the Roxbury, so you can add that to the list -- a funny SNL skit that really didn't work as a movie.
     
  8. MatthewA

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    If the film were funnier I wouldn't have minded so much.

    Semi-Pro looks like another misfire. It seems Will's following the same, sad career trajectory as so many other SNL stars.
     
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    Whoa, with all the Will Farrel bashing! I must be in the minority here, but I loved Anchorman and Taledega, thought Blades was OK, and Kicking and Screaming wasn't as bad as people led me to beleive. The only really terrible movie he ever did, in my opinion, was Bewitched. That was painful to watch.
    I really liked this movie. Better than Blades, not quit as good as Anchorman.
    The audience I was with loved it too, as the audience laughed a whole lot. There are some gags that misfire, and the love interest didn't need to be there (maybe they only put it there so they could lead up to one really funny joke). But come on, they traded a washing machine for a former NBA player! Just typing that made me laugh. And Woody Harleson, Will Arnett and Andrew Daly get their chance to be funny as well.
    I guess you either like these kinds of movies, or you don't. I do.
     
  10. Lou Sytsma

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    Ferrell is digging his own hole. He definitely needs to give the 'sports' movies a rest and move on.
     
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    This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "Semi-Pro". Please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

    All HTF member film reviews of "Semi-Pro" should be posted to the Official Review Thread.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


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    Yeah lets cool the jets on flaming this guy.

    Lets get some perspective. Farrel has had one of the most successful crossovers from SNL the big screen. No comedian no matter how good they are hits a home run every single time. This one was not his best. The best you can hope for is to have more hits than misses and I think that Farrell has succeeded in doing that so far.
     

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