Bad News Bears

Bad News Bears

Richard Linklater (2005)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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 clichés 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.


A washed-up and embittered baseball player struggles with bad memories of a failed sports career. When his exasperated lawyer suggests he coach a losing Little-League team, he begins to turn himself and the youngsters into a force to be reckoned with. Richard Linklater's remake of the 1970s comedy, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden and Emmanuel Estrada.

Cast & 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
Director Richard Linklater
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Some swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 12 Aug 2005