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Judging from this low-scoring sports comedy about the mystique of men with balls, Will Ferrell needs to call a time-out from belly baring to refocus his fan-favorite game of playing clueless male doofuses.
The real problem lies in the character Ferrell is playing. Aside from the unimportant detail that there really were no former disco stars in 1976, the character is vague -- and specificity of character is what makes Ferrell funny.
There isn't enough going on in Semi-Pro, comically or otherwise, to sustain the movie even through its first half-hour. This may be one of the most sluggish sports comedies ever made -- even the supposedly rousing final sequence feels belabored.
Semi-Pro is precisely that: a movie that is sort of professionally made and sort of professionally acted with no serious expectations beyond earning money and offering audience members some passing entertainment.
Ferrell still brings the funny like few superstars in his salary range, but there's a distinct decline in quality between the hilarious Anchorman, the sloppy but funny Blades Of Glory, and this affable, moderately amusing trifle.
Our hesitation to identify [Ferrell] as the genuinely funny star of comedies such as Old School and Anchorman comes after seeing this actor's halfhearted, disconcertingly crude and only occasionally amusing performance.
You keep watching Semi-Pro and waiting for its potentially hilarious setup to deliver the goods. And after a while, you realize that the laughter comes only in anticipation of a payoff that never quite arrives.
If you're on the prowl for a Ferrell yuk-fest, you'd do better renting one of his more successful comedies than spending money on this faux sports dud. Only die-hard fans of the SNL alumn will find anything worthwhile here.