Bad News Bears
Filmfest 2007

Filled with small, cute kids and large, goofy laughs and buoyed by fine supporting work from Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden, the director’s latest effort won’t rock your movie world, but the fact that he manages to keep the freak flag flying in the face of our culture of triumphalism is a thing of beauty. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, July 22, 2005 What I liked most about the movie, I think, is that it undermines the self-congratulatory myths we cultivate about sports in America. It writes the obituary of good sportsmanship. Grantland Rice wrote "It‘s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game." To which, according to the Baseball Almanac, the celebrated baseball team owner Gene Autry replied: "Grantland Rice can go to hell, as far as I’m concerned." Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 22, 2005

tags: Feature film

Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Sammi Kane Kraft, Ridge Canipe

Credits

Director: Richard Linklater