The Benchwarmers

2006 PG-13 1h 25m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Benchwarmers

2006 PG-13 1h 25m Blu-ray / DVD
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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.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral), Thai, Korean, Chinese Simplified
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Thai
CC
No
Audio
English: PCM Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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Reviews

age 14+

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

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.

Language

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).

Consumerism

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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