Semi-Pro (2008)

Saturday Night Live’s Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Tim Meadows.Arrested Development’s Will Arnett. Eastbound & Down’s Andrew Daly. Conan O’Brien co-host Andy Richter. Upright Citizen Brigade’s Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts. The Daily Show’s Ed Helms and Rob Corddry. Academy Award nominees Woody Harrelson and Jackie Earle Haley. Grammy winners Patti LaBelle and Outkast’s Andre 3000. I’d be hard pressed to find a comedy that utilizes its stellar ensemble cast as well as this criminally underrated Will Ferrell vehicle. Scourned by audiences due to a end of winter release and the reluctance to watch yet another Will Ferrell “sports” comedy, Semi-Pro is the no-holds barred satire directed by Upright Citizens Brigade director Kent Alterman and written by Old School and Elf writer Scott Armstrong. Next to The Goods and Hot Rod, it may be the best comedy of the last ten years you never really gave a chance. Spumoni!

-John

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