Bad News Bears

  • 12
  • Richard Linklater (2005)
  • US
  • 108 min
Bad News Bears
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

Billy Bob Thornton steps up to bat (and into Walter Matthau's shoes) as grouchy Coach Buttermaker, in Richard Linklater's remake of the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears. Linklater's film is faithful to the source but delightfully disrespectful in every other way - evoking a similar mood of mischief to his 2003 hit The School of Rock. Not surprisingly, this story of an alcoholic ex-baseball pro who's hired to coach a motley team of kids is very formulaic and, as the competitive stakes are raised, the clich├ęs come thick and fast. But, as in Bad Santa, it's impossible not to laugh at Thornton's outrageous antics and stinging one-liners - and his laissez-faire lout does provide the movie's freshest moments. Even after getting drunk and battering the kids with poorly pitched balls, his slovenly charm wins through. Among his young co-stars, newcomer Troy Gentile makes a great comic foil as a wheelchair-using whiner. But there's no doubt who the key hitter is in this line-up.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton and Greg Kinnear. Failed major-league baseball pro Morris Buttermaker - now a boozing pest control man - is persuaded to coach the Bears, a junior team with a losing streak. Can he train them in time to take on their arch-rivals the Yankees and their overbearing coach?

Cast and crew


Morris Buttermaker
Billy Bob Thornton
Roy Bullock
Greg Kinnear
Liz Whitewood
Marcia Gay Harden
Amanda Whurlitzer
Sammi Kane Kraft
Kelly Leak
Jeffrey Davies
Tanner Boyle
Timmy Deters
Mike Engelberg
Brandon Craggs
Toby Whitewood
Ridge Canipe
Timmy Lupus
Tyler Patrick Jones
Prem Lahiri
Aman Johal
Matthew Hooper
Troy Gentile
Miguel Agilar
Carlos Estrada
Jose Agilar
Emmanuel Estrada


Richard Linklater

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Some swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 12 Aug 2005
Certificate 12
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)