March 17, 2008

The harbinger of summer movies '08

I think we can safely call Semi Pro the harbinger of 2008's summer movies to come- it is definitely not typical of the fare (read: romantic comedies, and other miscellaneous junk) that we are inundated w/ every spring, and which I resolutely refuse to walk into.

Title: Semi Pro
Year: 2008
Cast: Will Ferrel and a bunch of other folks.

This is seriously NOT BAD. But that is honestly all you can say about it, since the premise is typical of Will Ferrell movies of the past year or so- a sports movie about an underdog. Ferrel is Jackie Moon, owner-coach-team member-promoter of the American Basketball Association's (ABA) Flint Michigan Tropics. The team is terrible, but through the course of the movie, Moon rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true. Been there, seen that.

What keeps it together is that the jokes are fresh and laugh-out-loud funny, and Will makes a damned good effort, which is why this movie even deserves a mention- the man puts in 100%+, and you gotta applaud that. Plus he is from my school, and I've admired him for years on SNL, so I'll watch everything he plays in anyways :)

Other mentions: Outkast's Andre does a pretty decent job as one of Moon's team mates, and I hope to see him in other stuff too. It was also fun to see Woody Harrelson in that crazy 'do :).

Happenings: I am working on a posting of Baazi (1951), which is going super slowwwwww. I also hope to catch Vantage Point (2008) later this week- enthu about that.


Banno said...

Shweta, I hate the romantic flicks too. Though I do watch them, but most of them are so vacuous. Semi-Pro hasn't released here, but have seen Vantage Point. Waiting for your post of Baazi. Can't remember much of it now, have always caught it in bits on TV.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Thank you for visiting Banno- please dont stop coming by!

The Vicar of VHS said...


Thanks for stopping by MMMMMovies and leaving a comment! I hope you'll come back and check out/comment on some of the other reviews.

Returning the favor, I'm checking out both your blogs. I'm a big fan of Indian food, though I don't know how authentic the stuff I get around here (Little Rock, Arkansas) is. Just looking at your recipes makes me hungry. :)

I'll also be interested to read your Bollywood posts, as it's something I'm fascinated by but have absolutely no experience with. If there are any such flicks you think might be appropriate (and available!) for MMMMMovies, don't hesitate to let us know.

More as I read more!

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

Thank you Vicar- we are honored to have you visit! :)I think the feeling is mutual about our Blogs- I have limited experience with 60s-70s Hollywood horror/Psycho/exploitation, and your blog is super edcational :D

Keep writing and visiting!

Anonymous said...

I loved Baazi :-) It was Johnny Walker's first film, I believe...look forward to the review!

And Will Ferrell just makes me laugh no matter what he is doing. His George W. impersonations are priceless.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I LOVE it when he does Dubya- that, and Kattan's Mango are what I miss the most from the glory days of SNL :(

Yep it was a movie w/ many 1sts- dang- I gotta post it tonite!

Anonymous said... must be too young to remember the 1970's SNL...those were the glory days :-) John Belushi, Chevy Chase...

Yes, post Baazi soon! we are waiting!

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I hate to belaspheme- but I couldnt stand Chevy- ever- maybe because yes, I ve only seen reruns of the 70s stuff. But Belushi, on the other hand I adorrrrre, along w/ the rest of the 70s cast.