Parents' Guide to

The Benchwarmers

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dreadful sports comedy is a waste of time.

Movie PG-13 2006 80 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 10+

Funny family movie

Funny, lighthearted comedy. Great for the whole family.
age 13+

It is the second-best movie ever. (The Sandlot is #1)

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An Adam Sandler movie without Adam Sandler, The Benchwarmers offers the worst of all worlds. While nerds all over appear to cheer on the team, the Benchwarmers only recycle the same problems as the nerds face when they are bullied. Beating the bullies plainly humiliates them, but how satisfying can that be? Certainly, the "good teams" players don't deserve the verbal abuses they get from their coaches.

Even if you take the plot as yet another revisitation of the Bad News Bears plot (triumph of the underdogs), the film can't think of an original way to show nerdiness, and so its fundamental signs are as stereotypical and tedious as the meanness displayed by the bullies: Nerds love Star Wars, eat peanut butter and jelly, spend all day at their computers, and, if male, can't talk to girls. "Underdog" sports movies usually make the protagonists endearing; this one makes you hope they lose their games.

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