• Bad News Bears (2005)

Bad News Bears

Release Date: July 22nd, 2005

DVD Release Date: December 13th, 2005

PG-13 |1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary

Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton) is a burned-out minor league baseball player who loves to drink and can't keep his hands to himself. His long-suffering lawyer (Marcia Gay Harden) arranges for him to manage a local Little League team, and Buttermaker soon finds himself the head of a rag-tag group of misfit players. Through unconventional team-building exercises and his offbeat coaching style, Buttermaker helps his hapless Bears prepare to meet their rivals, the Yankees.

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Sammi Kane Kraft, Ridge Canipe, Brandon Craggs, Jeffrey Davies, Timmy Deters

Director: Richard Linklater

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Media Talent Group, Paramount Pictures International

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry, Bar, Underdog, Transformation, Office, Amusing, Cheeky, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    The mischief Thornton does make adds up to wild, rowdy fun. show more

  • 70
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy. But somehow those moments never add up to a fully satisfying viewing experience. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie is like a merger of his ugly drunk in "Bad Santa" and his football coach in "Friday Night Lights," yet Thornton doesn't recycle from either movie; he modulates the manic anger of the Santa and the intensity of the coach and produces a morose loser who we like better than he likes himself. show more

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