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Date: Apr 02 2008

Themes: Pop Culture, Sports


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When people talk about “professional sports,” they’re usually talking about huge organizations like baseball’s major leagues. But the phrase really just means people who play sports for money. It could be for $10 million or $10.

There are lots of smaller professional sports organizations in the US and there were even more in the past. In Semi-Pro, Will Ferrell plays a 1970s singer who buys a basketball team in a small league. A league so small that he is a coach and a player as well as the owner. But his team has a chance to move into the NBA, the largest basketball league there is. So they play hard and do a lot of crazy things, like wrestle bears.


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Marni:  Oh my God, so I cannot stop laughing because I just watched the trailer for Semi-Pro. I haven’t seen the movie, but…

Devan:  Do you really think that’s going to be a good movie or do you think it’s just going to be another standard Will Ferrell movie? That’s what it looks like to me…

Marni:  You know, it seems to work for him! I agree. It’s like the same sort of formula. You’ve got the sort of schlocky guy…

Devan:  It’s same movie but a different sport. He’s had NASCAR, this is basketball, what else…

Marni:  ...ice skating.

Devan:  It’s the same recipe, same formula, different movie.

Marni:  But for some reason, he gets paid $20 million a movie, you know? So, something’s working for him. And I gotta say, I think he’s funny.

Devan:  Do you think this is going to be a breakout movie for Andre from Outkast? Do you think that he’ll start doing a lot of movies now? I heard he’s supposed to be pretty funny it.

Marni:  I really like him, so I don’t know. It could be. But I think the Will Ferrell thing, that’s what’s brining in the people. You know, that’s why people are going to see it, Will Ferrell. And whatever he’s doing seems to be working for him.



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Neither Marni or Devan have seen Semi-Pro. But Marni thinks it looks great. Devan’s not so sure. It reminds her of some other movies, namely Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights, two recent Will Ferrell movies that are pretty much the same as Semi-Pro if you substitute basketball for auto racing or ice skating.

But Marni doesn’t care. It’s funny, and that’s the point. What movie would you not mind seeing made over and over again?



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Sri Lanka

Dirty dancing and Step up i don’t mind seing made over and over again. Even comedies like American Pie and Night calls i prefer.

07:03 AM Apr 02 2008 |



United States

one of my favorite movies was sleep whit the enemy this movie has many importans things,so I watched for abaut five times.

06:42 AM Apr 02 2008 |



Harry Potter~! I would never be tired of watching it over and over again:) I am a big Harry Potter fan. I've seen all the books, and I can't wait to see their next movie.

05:05 AM Apr 02 2008 |




The "Groundhog Day" movie I would you not mind seeing made over and over again:)

03:55 AM Apr 02 2008 |

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