Owen Gleiberman
April 12, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Benchwarmers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
04/07/06
performer
Jon Heder, Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz, David Spade
director
Dennis Dugan
distributor
Sony Pictures Releasing
author
Allen Covert
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

It’s scary when you realize that Rob Schneider, leading a trio of baseball nerds, is the ”normal” one — heck, he’s playing the macho one in The Benchwarmers. Scarier still is that this morphing of The Bad News Bears and a Three Stooges episode parades its dumbness with such zip that it almost passes for clever. David Spade, in a hideous moptop, is a wimpy video-store clerk, and Jon Heder, in a role that makes Napoleon Dynamite look like Brad Pitt, is a booger-eating paperboy. The three losers play a series of Little League teams, snatching victory from the jaws of slapstick humiliation.

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