Bad News Bears

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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

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

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


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

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

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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


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:

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 ****