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Bad News Bears (2005)

Billy Bob Thorton

Rated: PG-13
Reviewed by: Tony  
Release date: June 22, 2005 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Probably there are many reasons why the new remake of The Bad News Bears is as foul mouthed as any PG-13 rated film I can remember. None of which I condone.

It could be argued that kids today are exposed to off color remarks daily, but that is just an excuse. Kids today use vulgar language casually, but that is also another excuse and who should be blamed?

Whether even one word or 100 words of profanity have an appropriate place in a movie that targets an audience under 12 is questionable. Is Hollywood listening? Probably not; this film is promoted as a feel good movie. The film pushes the line a little further toward verbal ugliness and it all seems like shock value to me.

The story is similar to the original but the team is more politically correct and add more shock value of Billy Bob Thorton as the foul mouthed drinking coach. Also add in the fact the team is sponsored by a strip club, has victory parties at Hooters and Thorton sleeps with the mother of one of the players it's clear we see less heart and more sting than the original.

I could go on and on, but the message is clear, keep the kids home. This is Bad Santa on a ball field and clearly should have been rated "R".

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