Theatrical Release: February 29, 2008


Will Ferrell stars in SEMI-PRO, an outrageous comedy set in 1976 against the backdrop of the maverick ABA – a fast-paced, wild and crazy basketball league that rivaled the NBA and made a name for itself with innovations like the three-point shot and slam dunk contest. Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, a one-hit wonder who used the profits from the success of his chart-topping song “Love Me Sexy” to achieve his dream of owning a basketball team. But Moon’s franchise, the Flint Michigan Tropics, is the worst team in the league and in danger of folding when the ABA announces its plans to merge with the NBA. If they want to survive, Jackie and the Tropics must now do the seemingly impossible – win.

Dove Review

The Titanic is mentioned at the very end of this movie. They should have had the comment at the beginning of the film, because this one sure sinks. It is ninety minutes of mindless humor, with the emphasis on the word mindless. There are so many profanities I finally gave up trying to count. The plot is basically about a semi-pro basketball team in Flint, Michigan in the mid seventies, and the athletes act more like high school students obsessed with dirty jokes and talking about sex, instead of caring about being professional in how they conduct themselves on and off the court.

I think a couple of guys maybe laughed two or three times at the screening I went to. A lot of the “humor” must be for a certain taste because it sure was tasteless to me. Avoid this one and go see “Penelope” or another one of our Dove “Family-Approved” movies now showing at your local theater.

Content Description

Sex: A woman cheats on her boyfriend and although there are some clothes on the couple, they begin the sex act on screen; many, many sexual innuendos and jokes throughout the movie.
Language: So many profane and filthy words that I lost count after awhile.
Violence: Some fights on the basketball court.
Drugs: Drinking and smoking on and off throughout movie; announcer drinks and smokes; a character is supposed to be a drug user.
Nudity: Strong cleavage and girls in bikinis on the basketball court; shirtless men.
Other: Women looked at as sex objects; disrespect shown to the referee who is a Catholic priest.


Company: New Line Cinema
Director: Kent Alterman
Producer: Jimmy Miller
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 90 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter