BASEketball (1998)

“Now your kids with your loud music, and your Dan Fogleberg, your Zima, hula hoops and pac-man video games, don’t you see? People today have attention spans that can only be measured in nanoseconds!” – Ted Denslow

Number of Times Seen – Twice (29 Jan 2002 and 17 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two couch potatoes invent a new sport and end up helping it become a professional sport, but a greedy team owner wants to take control of everything.

My Take on it – Fun films that stays enjoyable from tart to finish.

The unique style of humor of Trey Parker and Matt Stone is the perfect venue for this kind of story and they help make things feel even more realistic in the way that it all plays out.

The film does a great job explaining the rules of the sport and then continuing to explain things as things keep changing along the way.

The various characters introduced throughout are quite funny in all that they say and do and that adds to the fun of it all.

As with anything from Stone and Parker, things sometimes cross the line of good taste, but that is to be expected, so it wasn’t very surprising to see here.

Great seeing Ernest Borgnine and Robert Vaughn here in comedic roles.

The film also has lots of sports cameos including Reggie Jackson, Bob Costas and Al Michaels that helps make the game feel like it is a real professional sport.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Trey Parker and Matt Stone agreed to do this film under the assumption by the time filming began, South Park (1997) would have already been canceled. It wasn’t, and having been committed to both projects, had to attend principal photography for this project during the day and produce South Park (1997) during the night, leaving very little time for any sleep. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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