Bad News Bears (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -3

In this remake of the 1976 film starring the late Walter Matthau, Morris Buttermaker (Billy Bob Thornton), former baseball player turned rat exterminator, is persuaded by single mom and lawyer Liz Whitewood (Marcia Gay Hardin) to coach her sons Bad News Bears little-league team. Its an uphill battle for both the coach and the team. Coach Buttermaker can barely stay sober long enough to take care of customers, much less teach this group of misfits how to play baseball. They all mix like water and oil, disgracing themselves on the field against other teams. In desperation, Coach persuades his athletic, estranged 12-year-old daughter, Amanda (Sammie Kraft), to pitch for his team, knowing she can deliver. Gradually, team and coach begin to bond, all giving 100% until they actually reach the finals and a chance to beat the Yankees, their rival team coached by Roy Bullock (Greg Kinnear).

The unimaginative script writers attempt humor with nonstop coarse jokes, smart-alecky kids and a rude coach. But using dirty language to make children funny is disgusting. These are not street kids with no parental guidance. Their parents come to the games and cheer them on while the kids call each other and their coach all kinds of rude names. The coach encourages his team to lie to their parents about how bad the team is playing, and he pours the soda out of a can and fills it with liquor before practice sessions. The team sponsor, the Bo Peep Gentlemens Club, sends their dancers to the games to do suggestive routines in skimpy outfits. After Amanda expresses disappointment in her father, Buttermaker begins to see what a lousy father and coach he has been. Suddenly, he makes dramatic changes in his attitude, inspiring the team to become champions. The filthy language sends the bad news to our youth that crudities and obscenities are acceptable forms of humor.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Paramount Pictures

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (44) times mild (hell 6, damn 3); moderate (b-stard 2, other 1); strong (-ss 29, b-tch 1, SOB 2)

Obscene Language: Many (44) times moderate (p-ss 1, cr-p 6, scr-w 1, s-ck 1); strong (s-word 30, finger gesture 3, other 2)

Profanity: Several (7) times strong (GD 3, J 1, JC 3)

Violence: Few times moderate (kids fight, coach hits player in head with ball)

Sex: Once mild (implied as man is shown leaving womans bedroom)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times moderate (crude references to male genitals, prostitutes sponsor childrens baseball team, coach takes pubescent boys to Hooters)

Drugs: Several times mild (coach fills soda can with liquor, coach drinks while coaching and working); moderate (man appears drunk on job)

Other: Coach and teammates learn the meaning of teamwork and that success is possible with hard work, man sends boys under house to exterminate rats, boys spray each other with poison, coach encourages players to lie to parents

Running Time: 111 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers

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