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Rated PG-13 · 85 minutes · 2006

The Benchwarmers is so lame that it can't even lay claim to being the best Adam Sandler-produced movie not screened for critics in 2006; that dubious honor would go to Grandma's Boy, which was by no means good but at least featured a kung-fu chimp and naked breasts. Maybe you were hoping the presence of Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) would amp up the game of the usual gang of Happy Madison idiots (Sandler pals Rob Schneider, David Spade, director Dennis Dugan, and screenwriters Allen Covert and Nick Swardson). You'd be wrong: Heder, a clean-living Mormon in real life, does claim to have softened some of the raunchier humor, but all that means is that sexual fluids aren't the subject of any jokes here; every other bodily emission is fair game. If the idea of misfit nerds coming together to play baseball seems familiar, it might just be because there was already one remake of The Bad News Bears, which was a whole lot funnier than this inept knockoff.
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Director: Dennis Dugan
Writer: Adam Sandler, Allen Covert and Nick Swardson
Producer: Jack Giarraputo and Adam Sandler
Cast: Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder, Jon Lovitz, Craig Kilborn, Jillian Henry, Molly Sims, Amaury Nolasco and Jumper Lark


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