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David Spade, Jon Heder
Sadly the Adam Sandler folks keep the humor in full
toilet mode, so I have to say no.
||Only if she liked
"Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."
||Some talk and
||For the easily
||Every time Clark (Heder)
is up to bat.
Critics everywhere are bashing "The Benchwarmers," but
not this critic. Nope, in the land of the easily amused,
where farts and getting hit in the nuts are always funny,
and trust me, that is my land, "The Benchwarmers" is a movie
tailor-made for this critic. There was, though, some
disappointment in the film, but mostly because I canít
recommend it for younger kids who this movie could really
appeal to. Anyway, letís get to the story.
A Movie Review
In "The Benchwarmers" we get three buddies, Gus, Richie,
and Clark, played respectively by Rob Schneider, David
Spade, and Jon Heder. One day they come to the aid of a
nerdy kid getting farted on, and then later in the day, when
our trio is having some fun on the baseball diamond, they
challenge the bully little league team for rights to the
field. Yea, thatís right, itís three dudes versus a full
team of kids. As it goes, Richie and Clark have no baseball
skills so pretty much itís Gus striking out every kid on the
other team, and hitting home runs every time he is up to
It turns out that Mel (Jon Lovitz) hears of our trioís
conquest and dreams up a tournament where Gus, Richie, and
Clark get to take on all of the bully little league teams in
competition for a way-cool stadium to be paid by Mel.
Suddenly the nerdy Gus, Richie, and Clark are on their way,
kicking bully kid butt and taking names, all to the delight
of the nerd nation. Controversy arrives later in the film,
but, of course, everyone learns a lesson that yes, nerds and
bullies can get along.
There are four names associated with this movie that will
tell you exactly what you can expect: Rob Schneider, David
Spade, Jon Heder, and Adam Sandler (heís not really in the
movie, but is one of the Producers). What does that mean? Of
course you know what it means Ė fart jokes, toilet humor,
and overall dumb jokes that will make me laugh if that's
your cup of tea. And I did. Spade is great as the nerd
working at the video store who, when he sees the girl of his
dreams at the Pizza Hut, all he can say is "I like salad."
Schneider does a nice job as the savior of the team but
still harboring a secret, and Heder is back to giving us the
funny like he did in "Napoleon Dynamite." Jon Lovitz is,
well, doing his best Jon Lovitz.
There are no surprises here at the level of humor you are
going to get, but I will say that there is something that
did bum me out about the movie, and that is wondering why
the Sandler folks always have to go so over the top that
they canít get the movie to a PG rating. Why do I say that?
Because this really could have been a great movie for the 8
to 13 year old kid crowd, but the inclusion of the
occasional "shit" here and there, and Iím sure the ratings
board didnít look too kindly on the drunken "little
leaguer," nor the excessive vomiting, thus kicking it into
PG-13 range. What kept the movie rolling, especially towards
the end of the film when the slapstick humor was getting
old, were the little kids getting behind The Benchwarmer
team, complete with internet broadcasts of the game with
younginís calling the play-by-play. I guess my only
recommendation to the Adam Sandler folks is sometime your
audience doesnít always have to be the teen crowd, sometimes
you can triple your box-office take when you get mom and dad
taking the kids to the movie, rather than just the
fart-loving teen going with his other fart-loving teen
If youíve read my reviews before, you know Iím easily
amused, and this movie easily amused me. With that, 3 Ĺ
stars out of 5. The sad thing is that I think this could
have easily been a 4 Ĺ star family film by being a little
more creative with the humor rather than a having Gus join
his wife in the shower so he could pee.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!