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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Billy Bob Thornton
Greg Kinnear
Sammi Kane Kraft
Marcia Gay Harden
Jeffrey Davies
Directors
Richard Linklater
Screenwriters
Glenn Ficarra
John Requa
Running Time
113 minutes

Bad News Bears


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Plot
New year, new Little League and, thanks to some polite but firm bribery, a lawyer mom (Harden) has blagged her son’s inept baseball team a supposed trophy in the form of former pro and permanent drunk Morris Buttermaker (Thornton). Can he slap his brats into shape to beat rivals The Yankees, or will the ankle-biter encounter prove too much?


Verdict
Despite the lack of a vital air-punch from a curiously flat finale, there's much to love and laugh at. Way too salty for pre-teens, mind...


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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