Humiliated as children on the baseball field, a trio of adult friends form a three-man team to take on the top Little League squads, becoming unlikely champions for uncoordinated kids everywhere.
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- Dennis Dugan
- DVD, Blu-ray and streaming
- 2007 Razzie® Awards
- Worst Actor nominee: Rob Schneider
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Thai, Korean, Chinese SimplifiedClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; making-of featurette; director's commentary.
English SDH, English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Korean, ThaiClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: PCM Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; behind-the-scenes featurettes; director's commentary; audio commentary; clip compilations.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Benchwarmers is premised on adult men behaving like angry children. The movie features repeated adolescent jokes. There's some profanity and many sexual references. An adult eats his nose boogers and a bug; bullies fart on target-boys; agoraphobic character mocked repeatedly for being pale (afraid of the sun, whiny, and fearful); joke about urine looking like "apple juice"; one boy spits when he talks (Schneider imitates, supposedly to make boy feel less strange, but mostly to prolong a feeble joke); one coach appears "gay," as if this undermines his macho behavior. The games include slapstick, hard-thwacking violence: bats hit bodies, heads, and squirrels in a tree (sending them flying apparently to their deaths); balls hit bodies, bare hands, and heads.
- Sexual Content
- Pre-adolescent sexual jokes (titillation over "lesbians," pulling down pants to make baseball players trip); Richie wears a T-shirt that reads: "Everyone loves an Asian boy"; Gus gets in the shower with wife to pee: viewers hear it from offscreen and she expresses disgust; married couple is "trying to get pregnant," and she mentions her ovulation cycle several times; some concepts that might need explaining for younger viewers ("hermaphrodite," effects of steroids (they "make your peepee smaller," a blowup doll); gay jokes; when one character hears how a woman became pregnant, he squirts sunblock from a container to suggest ejaculation.
- Violence used in the service of sophomoric humor: holding a kid to the ground and farting in his face; baseballs hit chests, heads, crotches, and a bug (Clark eats the splatted dead bug); "ringer" stands on Gus' pitching hand and grinds it with his cleats (we see cuts and bruises on it after); rock hits a young man's crotch; several instances of "t---y twisting"; thrown baseball bats hit players/crowd members, cars, squirrels; a lawnmower runs over a dog (and cuts off fur); eggs hit players.
- Frequent obnoxious language, some tiresome ("ass," "s--t," "d--k"), some juvenile ("frickin' ," "you suck," "shut up," "retard!," "Bros before hos," "pig," "spaz," "stinkweeds," "eat me," etc.), some sexed/gendered/homophobic ("t---y twisters," "three muskequeers," "homo," "bitch," "douche-bags."
- Social Behavior
- Grown-up nerds try to avenge their childhood traumas by taunting children and beating them in baseball games; adults bully children; jokes about agoraphobic character; jokes about small people ("midget-boy," "Yoda"); puking; farting; knocking down mailboxes as "batting practice" (this ordained by Reggie Jackson).
- AOL, Diet Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Skittles, Star Wars figures, Night Rider, Batman, Netzero, Ms. Pacman, Gatorade, PlayStation, Miata (car), Mac laptops.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Unlit cigar; "ringer" drinks beer and tequila and smokes cigarettes.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it