As idiotic as they come but funny in a really stupid way, "The Benchwarmers" is certainly not for everyone, but if you want to exert nearly zero brain function to enjoy a film, this one may just do the trick.
Stupid comedies have been done bigger and better, but with Jon Heder, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Jon Lovitz at the helm, there have certainly been worse casts. Okay, some might disagree with that, but these guys can be pretty funny when they want to be.
Heder has been named as the highlight of the film by various critics, but honestly, I found him to be the most annoying. A complete idiot that is a thousand times dumber than Napoleon Dynamite, he seemed a bit over the top even for this film. Sure, he gets some laughs, but I think we all know that Heder is not going to be able to break out of this role anytime soon.
As for Spade, he is generally my favorite actor in comedies like this, although I certainly like him more when he plays the smart one. Here, he's pretty dumb, and it's up to Schneider to be the voice of reason. Schneider doesn't play the role nearly as well as Spade does, but then again, Schneider rarely gets to play the "cool" guy role. The reversal is a nice change of pace.
Anyway, the movie has its completely silly humor that you'll either enjoy or you won't - there isn't much middle ground. If you like baseball, there's ton of it, although it tends to get a bit repetitive as things go along. The ending is extremely heavy-handed and the worst part of the movie, but you really can't expect a movie like this to sustain itself for an entire hour and a half, can you?
"The Benchwarmers" has its moments and all around is a harmless little comedy. I certainly have no plans to watch it again, but don't regret giving it a one-off shot.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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