Bad News Bears

July 22nd, 2005


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A grizzled little league coach (Thornton) tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.8/10 (10,538 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Richard Linklater

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden

Morris Buttermaker (Thornton), an alcoholic pest removal worker and former professional baseball player (for a very short time), is recruited to coach and train a failing baseball team of 12-year-olds which is about to be thrown out of the league.

Writers: Bill Lancaster, Glenn Ficarra

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

Taglines: Disorganized. Disrespected. Dis summer.


Official Website: Paramount Pictures [United States] | UIP [Spain] |

Release Date: 22 July 2005

Filming Locations: Barone's Famous Italian Restaurant - 13726 Oxnard Street at Mammoth Avenue, Van Nuys, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,382,472 (USA) (24 July 2005) (3183 Screens)

Gross: $32,865,161 (USA) (25 September 2005)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The character Matthew Hooper is named after Richard Dreyfuss's character in Jaws.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Roy Bullock first meets Buttermaker, Greg Kinnear (Bullock) flubs his lines. He says, "stop by and see me sometime, I'm over at Chevy Valley Subaru." The name of the car dealership, as referenced later in the film and as makes sense with standard naming convention, is Valley Chevy Subaru.

Morris Buttermaker: Come on guys, remember what I told you, there's no "I" in team
Matthew Hooper: Yea, but there's an "M" and an "E".
Tanner Boyle: THERE SHOULD BE AN "F" AND A "U"!

User Review

Rock 'n roll update--not all that different, but dispiriting...

Rating: 3/10

Unskilled, belligerent group of young boys on a losing Little League baseball team get an alcoholic coach who eventually cleans up their act--and his own. Any film-buff well acquainted with the 1976 Michael Ritchie film "The Bad News Bears" will watch this remake in a perpetual state of deprivation. For every new ingredient added (a kid in a wheelchair, Hooters waitresses on the sidelines, a skateband interlude), there's a classic sequence dropped, funny lines omitted, a bracing sense of importance missing, and uncharismatic, non-plussed child actors who walk through their roles colorlessly. Of course, Billy Bob Thornton is a terrific substitute for Walter Matthau, but Matthau didn't carry the original film all by himself, and Thornton isn't fully in-character anyway (he's just breezing through). The whole early morning feel of Southern California Little League is missing, and the urgency of the original is gone, too (those kids had something riding on these games). Director Richard Linklater obviously was fond of the 1976 version, but he knows the notes without hearing the music; he supplies updated comedic touches without seeing the relevancy, and his tone and narrative are doggedly straightforward (except for the strange opening sequence, which immediately gets the picture off on the wrong foot). A sad botch. *1/2 from ****