Bad News Bears (2005)

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Scatological remake of a not-so-innocent movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 27 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Everyone is offensive in some way: they lie, cheat, say mean things, argue, and fight; they come together when they win.

Violence

Fighting between players, dead animals.

Sex

Coach gets "Gentlemen's Club" to sponsor team, makes sexual references (including discussion of their "genital defense apparatus"), sleeps with a player's mom, takes kids to Hooters.

Language

Lots of obnoxious language, by kids and coach (hell, douchebag, s--thead, smart-ass, bitch-slap, etc.).

Consumerism

Teams are sponsored by fictional companies, references to Cadillac, liquor brands.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Coach is a grumpy alcoholic (to the point of passing out in one scene); J.J. Cale's "Cocaine" on the soundtrack.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie features kids cursing, behaving badly, fighting, and drinking non-alcoholic beer. Their poor role model is their coach, who drinks (to the point of passing out), smokes, swears, hangs out at a strip club, makes racist and sexist comments (as well as ignorant wisecracks about a boy in a wheelchair and another who is overweight), and teaches one of the kids to make martinis. As the coach works as an exterminator, the movie also features visual jokes about dead rats and insects. Though the coach learns to be a more tolerant and mature adult, he remains ornery, and has one-night sex with the mother of one of his players.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCRZ7N3 January 26, 2021

Worst remake ever

Dry humour that doesn't interest kids and the jokes r not meant for kids at all.
Smoking cigars and drinking shown a lot. Dead animals.
Thornton acting i... Continue reading
Adult Written byNick C. May 29, 2018

Waste of time, sorry to say

Sorry , it bored the hell out of me, so predictable and not funny
Teen, 16 years old Written byHikingmountain March 21, 2021

Sooooo much swearing!!

Not good. Should have been rated R. There is like a million uses of the S-word, D-word, Hell, damn, t*ts, stupid, retarded, idiot, a*s and more.
Also lots of se... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRatings4U October 26, 2020

Remake of classic is funny but predictable.

This was an OK remake. It included the same underdog aspect, but it was a little skippy and not as funny as the original. There wasn’t terrible language individ... Continue reading

What's the story?

Retired minor league pitcher Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) played 2/3 of an inning in the majors, at a time "long ago and far away." Sarcastic, frustrated, and frequently drunk, he agrees to coach a Little League team that includes players of various abilities (one is in a wheelchair, another is overweight, another short and puny, etc.) and backgrounds ("I got the damn League of Nations here," he grumps). As Buttermaker squares off against the rival team's coach, a bully named Bullock (Greg Kinnear), he also comes to respect his own team, as much for their oddities as for their spirit. Everyone's happy when the team begins winning, after Buttermaker recruits a great pitcher, his ex's daughter, Amanda (Sammi Kane Kraft, a real life Little League pitcher) and a great hitter, long-haired, just-out-of-juvie skater boi Kelly (Jeffrey Davies), who has a crush on Amanda.

Is it any good?

This lackluster remake of the much-loved 1976 Walter Matthau movie doesn't bring much new to the table. Nostalgic for a time when little kids uttering obscenities was considered hilarious mischief, BAD NEWS BEARS is surprisingly unimaginative, given director Richard Linklater's previous displays of ingenuity, including School of Rock, Waking Life, and Slacker. (Sadly, the film's standout aspect is editing: scene to scene, it's spectacularly incoherent.)

Basic plot: mean coach turns nice, and team comes to believe in itself. Kraft (who is quite good) and Thornton develop something like a charming rhythm, but for the most part, the film feels sloppy, riding on the lingering appeal of the original.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film's treatment of the kids' differences in skills, sizes, attitudes, and backgrounds. While the coach is equally abusive to all the children, the film also makes some visual jokes based in their appearances, accents, and first languages (two brothers speak only Spanish). How does Amanda deal with being the only girl in the league? How do the kids learn to work together as a team? How does the coach get over his long-held bitterness and learn to appreciate imperfection?

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