BASEketball is a seemingly mindless film starring the two guys that flowered this world with "South Park." In reality, it is a mindless film. At least seventy-five to eight percent mindless.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the two guys who think of those crazy antics in "South Park" (yes, I realize I already said that), try to do the same stuff in a live action movie about two moronic guys who create a dumb game that becomes a national past time. The film doesn't explain how within two minutes the game goes from a driveway sport to a national money maker, but that's how it is. I thought it would have been better if they had showed the progression a little more - have everyone hate it and then end up loving it - but that would mean a longer movie. The hour and forty-five minutes is seemingly endless; an hour and twenty minutes would have been better, and the director was perfectly capable of making it so.
The movie isn't all at a loss, though. There is a lot of really funny comedy, especially in the first fifteen minutes. Unfortunately, the original slapstick is recycled through the entirety of the film with slight modifications to make it look like new stuff. I did like the dancing football team, the "South Park" voices, and a number of other things, but the boring and bad weighed out the funny and captivating. The ending is the same stereotype ending of all sports films where the losing team comes back to win in the last, "suspenseful" moment.
For a rated R movie of this type of film, I would have liked to see some more adult things, especially since the movie also starred Yasmine Bleeth and Jenny McCarthy. But since it didn't, the swearing and other gross antics of the two "South Park" guys seemed like a waste of a perfectly good PG-13 slapstick film. BASEketball had its moments, but not that many.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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