The Birthday Series – BASEketball (1998)

Droids Birthday Series 1998 You know the drill by now. I’m reviewing a film released on or around August 2nd for every year until the year of my birth. Here’s 1998. Enjoy.

BASEketball Poster David Zucker… One of the brains behind my favourite comedy of all time ‘The Naked Gun’, and of course, the genius ‘Airplane’. For this reason alone I will give his movies a go. ‘South Park’ is a classic show, for which Trey Parker and Matt Stone are responsible. These reasons are, of course, those that led me to watch ‘BASEketball’. Was that a good thing? Read on and find out!

BASEketball 1 Coop (Trey Parker) and Remer (Matt Stone) are losers. Once dreaming of being big sports stars, they’re now unemployed morons. At a party they weren’t invited to, they invent a game that combines baseball and basketball that can be played in a driveway by Average Joe’s. The sport of BASEketball is born. Months later, they have the whole neighbourhood involved in an amateur league.

BASEketball 2 Billionaire Ted Denslow dreams of the good ol’ days of professional sport, when teams didn’t switch cities every other year, players weren’t paid lavish salaries and sport was accessible to the common man. He sees the popularity of BASEketball and turns it pro with the National BASEketball League, implementing a set of rules that will avoid the trappings of other professional sports. But years later, Denslow tragically dies by choking on a hotdog, and in his will gives Coop sole ownership of his team, the Milwaukee Beers and the league with the proviso that the Beers win the championship. If they don’t the team and the league will revert to his wife of three months Yvette (Jenny McCarthy). Coop comes under pressure to change the rules, allowing lucrative sponsorship, player trading and team relocation. Can Coop and Remer win the championship and save the league?

BASEketball 3 That’s a pretty dry description of ‘BASEketball’ because this is one of the stupidest films you are ever likely to see. But I won’t tell a lie. I laughed. Not all the time, but I did. If you’ve seen Parker and Stone onscreen before, maybe in ‘Orgazmo’ or ‘Cannibal: The Musical’, you will know they are appealing performers. They’re a likeable duo and that is probably the sole reason ‘BASEketball’ kinda, sorta works. In every scene there is a constant stream of jokes. Some work, as in the Jerry Springer drinking game, others don’t, like their slapstick hospital scene where they attempt to save a terminally ill child. That scene kind of reminded me of the one in ‘Freddy Got Fingered’ where Tom Green delivers a still born child and swings it around his head by the umbilical cord, saving it’s life. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that bizarre, but I maintain the scene echoed it.

BASEketball 7 I will also give credit to writer/director David Zucker, because the sport of ‘BASEketball’, which he invented it in the 80’s, actually looks like a bit of fun. Any game you can play with a beer in one hand is alright by me. The jokes are wildly scattershot and too unfocused to work properly. There are clever elements of satire, particularly in the opening newsreel where we see how far professional sports has sunk (Preparation H Arena!?), but it mainly comes down to Parker and Stone getting free reign to riff, like the conversation almost entirely composed of the word ‘Dude’. As I said, some jokes work, others fall flat.

BASEketball 4 There are also many celebrity cameos from the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (in one of the films best jokes), commentators Bob Costas and Al Michaels, and Robert Stack, in a pisstake of his ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ television show. There is some good support from Dian Bachar as Squeak, who is the fall guy for many jokes, as well as Jenny McCarthy and Robert Vaughan as the scheming rival owners. Only Yasmine Bleeth looks a little lost when trying to keep up with the manic Parker and Stone.

BASEketball 6 ‘BASEketball’ is an amusing diversion that doesn’t hang around too long, contains some pretty funny jokes, but also a few too many clangers. It’s one to watch if you run across it on TV.

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Thanks for celebrating my 1998 birthday. Man, I was just 20 in 1998. How time flies when you’re wasting your life.

 

For Droids a jolly good fellow!

2009 – The Collector

2008 – The Midnight Meat Train

2007 – Hot Rod

2006 – Bon Cop Bad Cop

2005 – The Dukes of Hazzard

2004 – The Manchurian Candidate

2003 – Gigli

2002 – Signs

2001 – Rush Hour 2

2000 – Hollow Man

1999 – The Iron Giant

 

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16 responses to “The Birthday Series – BASEketball (1998)”

  1. koutchboom says :

    I love this movie. I used to be able to quote it verbatim. Haven’t watched it in a while, been meaning to. I wish Matt and Trey fukcing ended South Park, it’s been dead since Imaginationland, and move on to more live action stuff. Usually going back to watch old South Park DVDs there mini commentaries are the best part about them.

    • Droid says :

      I’ll be honest Koutch. I remember laughing my ass off when I watched this. But when I watched it again the other day there are so many jokes that just aren’t very funny. I put it down to the fact that I was 20 the last time I watched it and now I’m, you know, mature and shit.

      • Droid says :

        It makes me worried to watch Orgazmo again, because it’ll probably end up being the same thing.

      • koutchboom says :

        Hmmm probably. Orgazmo had a lot more misses to begin with. But I wonder if a lot of jokes that weren’t as obvious would be funnier this time.

        I don’t wanna sound gay or nothing but Depeche Mode is a SWEET band.

      • Droid says :

        I’d put money on Choda Boy still making me laugh.

  2. koutchboom says :

    I am mad now, I had the option of getting a t-shirt of either that top poster, or a beers jersey back when Suncoast was still an awesome store in the mall. My mom wouldn’t let me get the Beers jersey because it promoted beer. I still have the Poster shirt and wear it all the time, but I wish I had that Beers jersey. I think you can get shitty knock offs of them online (well thats what the facebook ads tell me). But this was like a full on proper looking and feeling sports jersey.

    MAN Suncoast was an awesome store, fucking economy. Well that an their DVD’s VHS where always like $10 more then everywhere else, no wonder they failed. But they always had awesome movie junk.

    • Droid says :

      Yeah, you definitely missed out there. A Beers jersey would’ve been great.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah that Beers jersey would’ve been awesome. The t-shirt is still a nice bouns. But I only wear it round the house or to the movies. The Beers Jersey I would pretty much wear everywhere. Though at the same time I wonder if it would’ve still fit, I’m amazed the t-shirt still does.

  3. Jarv says :

    I fucking saw a beers jersey about 2 days ago.

    Man, I live in a fucking timewarp.

    • koutchboom says :

      Yeah but I doubt they were the original ones though. I’ve tried to find them, you can get them on the internet, but it’s not the same.

  4. ThereWolf says :

    Not a fan of Parker & Stone, plus I hate South Park.

    BASEketball was a no-go zone from the off!

  5. M. Blitz says :

    Ohhhh man, I’m with Koutch, this movie is pretty damn hilarious. But, you have to be in the right mood. Though that probably goes without saying. Oh well.

  6. just pillow talk says :

    I never saw this. I’m sure one just has to have a beer in one hand while watching this and it’s perfectly fine.

  7. MORBIUS says :

    Never seen this but will take your advice and catch
    it if it ever pops up on TV. I distinctly remember
    watching ‘Orgazmo” but don’t remember anything distinct about it.
    Still watch South Park, pretty much hit or miss lately…but…

    TEAM AMERICA: World Police…..FUCK YEAH!

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