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The Benchwarmers
The Benchwarmers (2006)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Rob Schneider Gus
Jon Heder Clark
David Spade Richie
Jon Lovitz Mel
Craig Kilborn Jerry
Molly Sims Liz
Tim Meadows Wayne
Nick Swardson Howie
Erinn Bartlett Salad Girl/Sarah
Amaury Nolasco Carlos
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Sport
Director Dennis Dugan
Producer Barry Bernardi; Allegra Clegg; Adam Sandler; Jack Giarraputo
Writer Allen Covert; Nick Swardson
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 85 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 5.4
Plot
Credit The Benchwarmers for achieving the impossible: It makes the 2005 remake of The Bad News Bears look like a masterpiece. They're essentially the same film, with the same lowbrow PG-13 humor (mostly involving bodily functions, broad slapstick, little people, nerds, geeks, and nose-picking), but this baseball comedy earns a few brownie points for its heart-warming message about including non-athletic kids (i.e. "benchwarmers") in Little League baseball, if only to boost their confidence and give them a moment of ball-field glory. It's a pleasant sentiment intended to encourage under-achievers to feel good about themselves, and that makes this loose-and-goofy vehicle for Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder an easygoing time-killer. Parents with good taste should be warned that his movie has no taste at all (it's hopelessly mired in the swamp of fart jokes and juvenile sight-gags), and is there really a need for mild profanity in a movie like this? That said, there are a few laughs in the efforts of Schneider and his ultra-nerdy pals as they form a team of rejects and go to bat against an enemy squad of current and former school-bullies, led by former late-night talk-show host Craig Kilborn. In addition to Schneider and Spade, Saturday Night Live alumni Jon Lovitz and Tim Meadows show up for an easy paycheck, and director Dennis Dugan handles the dumb-and-dumber shtick as if he were on vacation, sipping margaritas and shamelessly going for the easy laughs. If that's what you're looking for, you've come to the right place.--Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 825
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/31/2007
Links Amazon US
IMDB
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396138698
Release Date 7/25/2006
Subtitles Chinese; English; French; Korean; Portuguese; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
PORTUGUESE: Dolby Digital 5.1
THAI: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Deleted Scenes
Mr. October: Behind The Scenes With Reggie Jackson
Nerds vs. Bullies: Whose Side Are You On?
Play Ball: Cast And Crew Discuss America's Pastime
Who's On Deck?: Howie's Greatest Moments
Commentary With Director Dennis Dugan
Commentary With David Spade And Jon Heder