Bad News Bears
In this remake of the 1976 film starring the late Walter Matthau, Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton), former baseball player turned rat exterminator, is persuaded by single mom and lawyer Liz Whitewood (Marcia Gay Harden) to coach her son’s Bad News Bears little-league team. It’s an uphill battle for both the coach and the team. Coach Buttermaker can barely stay sober long enough to take care of customers, much less teach this group of misfits how to play baseball. They all mix like water and oil, disgracing themselves on the field against other teams. In desperation, Coach persuades his athletic, estranged 12-year-old daughter, Amanda (Sammie Kraft), to pitch for his team, knowing she can deliver. Gradually, team and coach begin to bond, all giving 100% until they actually reach the finals and a chance to beat the Yankees, their rival team coached by Roy Bullock (Greg Kinnear).
The good elements of this film are slim to none. The film is filled with objectionable language, innuendos and poor taste. There are 146 crude, obscene or profane words during the course of the film; that works out to be 1.3 objectionable words every minute. There are more crude one-liners thrown than pitches, and these 12 year old kids use the most vulgar language of any 12 olds in history. It seems like every other sentence out of their mouths was an obscene or sexual comment.
The character of Coach Buttermaker is no better. He drinks in front of the kids at practice, and makes all kinds of sexual references when trying to make a point. He wears a t-shirt that says, “She looked good last night.” He takes the team to Hooters when they win a game. He even has the kids doing his work as an exterminator at one point. Not most people’s idea of a role model. In one scene he is told he needs to go out and obtain a uniform sponsor so the team can have uniforms for the season. He does what he’s told and hands out the uniforms with a strip club as the sponsor.
One scene after another is in very poor taste. If you are the umpire of what your family sees at the theater this summer, eject “Bad News Bears” from the lineup.