Revolution Studios’ comedy “The Benchwarmers” tells the story of three guys (Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder) who try to make up for their lack of athleticism when they were younger by forming a three-man baseball team to challenge a full squad of elementary school baseball players. They develop a large following of left-out kids as they head into a high-stakes, winner-take-all game with the best team of kids in the state.
This film does have some laugh-out-loud funny moments. It does have a nice moral lesson in it about not calling kids names just because they are different. It even shows character growth in a few of the characters. Unfortunately, the language is too strong and are the sexual innuendos so we cannot award this movie our Dove Seal of approval for family viewing.
There is talk of lesbian sex in a video. It is also too bad that Reggie Jackson, a baseball legend, teaches a few of the benchwarmers how to improve hitting by hitting mailboxes with their bats for batting practice as they drive by various homes, and he teaches them speed by having them ring doorbells and then run off before the homeowner answers the door. Although the film is obviously a farce, these examples taught by a former major leaguer are not the type of lessons kids need to learn. It is funny however when he teaches them quickness by having them toss a hot potato to each other.
It should be noted there is gross humor as a couple of people vomit and it is shown, and the character of Clark picks his nose a lot. Sit this one out and visit a wholesome family film like “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” and get back in the game.