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The Benchwarmers (2006)

aka The Benchwarmers

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Details: 80 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)


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Way Funnier Than I Want To Admit

There were parts in this where I laughed uncontrollably, even parts where I didn't want to. It's a good way to pass some time. I'd recommend watching it sometime.

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Small Clark
Small Gus
Small Richie
Small Mel
Small Wayne
Small Carlos
Small Howie
Small Liz
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Small Swimmer Boy
Small Karl
No_movie_poster Kyle
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No_movie_poster Marcus Ellwood
No_movie_poster Female Customer
No_movie_poster Autograph Kid
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Small Poker Guy #1
Small Darth Vader
Small Hot Mother
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Small Adam Sandler Producer
No_movie_poster Alan Au Art Direction
No_movie_poster Allegra Clegg Executive Producer
Small Allen Covert Author
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No_movie_poster Barry Bernardi Executive Producer
Small Dennis Dugan Director
No_movie_poster Derek Dauchy Producer
No_movie_poster Jack Giarraputo Producer
No_movie_poster Jay Scully Casting
No_movie_poster Jeffrey Mossa Art Direction
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Small Nick Swardson Author
No_movie_poster Peck Prior Editor
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No_movie_poster Perry Andelin Blake Production Design
No_movie_poster Sandy S. Solowitz Editor
No_movie_poster Sandy S. Solowitz Editing
No_movie_poster Thomas E. Ackerman Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Waddy Wachtel Original Music Composer


Gus, Clark and Richie (Rob Schneider, Jon Heder and David Spade) are three middle-aged 'nerds'; Clark and Richie were the unpopular children who were constantly bullied by 'jocks' and were always left on the bench at their baseball games, because of their less-than-stellar athletic abilities. When a nerdy boy named Nelson and his friends are kicked off a nearby baseball diamond by a team of bullies, Gus and Clark chase the bullies away. When Gus and Clark return with Richie to play again and get back their feel for the game, the bullies return and demand that they leave. Gus challenges the bullies to play them for the field, and the three friends, despite Clark and Richie's poor abilities, win the game. Days later, one of Clark and Richie's bullies, Brad (Sean Salisbury), challenges them to another baseball game with his team, but the three friends win again.

Later, Nelson's billionaire father, Mel (Jon Lovitz), tells the trio that he is impressed with their wins, and explains his plan to hold a round-robin with all the mean spirited little league teams in the state, plus their team. The winners will be given access to a new multi-million dollar baseball park that he is building. Wanting to capture the spirit and fun they never had when they were kids, the three decide to form the Benchwarmers and join the tournament. They prepare to compete with all the other teams, despite the fact that they are three adults squaring off against nine kids per team.

After winning the first game, Mel's friend, the former New York Yankees superstar Reggie Jackson, helps the Benchwarmers (mainly Clark and Richie) to train using unorthodox methods (childhood pranks and games such as ding-dong ditching, hot potato, and mailbox baseball). In the second game, just as the Benchwarmers are about to lose, Richie uses one of Reggie's unorthodox methods to hit a home run, winning the game.

The Benchwarmers then go from county to county (including Gus' hometown, Brookdale), winning the next two games to reach to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the rival team hires a drunken 50-year-old Dominican man named Carlos as the team's new pitcher by bribing the umpire. Carlos is more than a match for the Benchwarmers, but they manage to come back by making Carlos too drunk to play well. In the last inning, the umpire has Richie's agoraphobic younger brother, Howie (Nick Swardson), be on deck. Howie ends up being hit in the arm by Carlos, but forces in the winning run for the Benchwarmers, sending them to the finals.

Just when it is looking like the stadium is all theirs, a bully named Steven (Terry Crews) reports to the public that Gus was a brutal bully himself as a child, not a victim of bullies like Clark and Richie. He had bullied one child so intensely that the boy, named Marcus, had to be sent to a mental institution. Gus is kicked off the team as a result, but at his wife, Liz's (Molly Sims), suggestion, Gus apologizes to Marcus (Joey Gnoffo). Marcus arrives at the final game to reveal to the crowd that Gus had apologized and felt awful about what he did when he was kid, and Gus re-joins the team, announcing that Marcus is the Benchwarmers' new third-base coach.

In the final game, Gus, Clark and Richie do not play; rather, they let a team of Nelson and other children play, to give them a chance to compete. The final is played against a team with a heartless coach, Jerry (dubbed by Gus as "Fairy Jerry") (Craig Kilborn), who practically torments his players - and was Richie and Clark's main bully when they were children. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Benchwarmers are losing, 42–0, when Jerry's team, after realizing that the true meaning of baseball is to have fun, throws Nelson a "meatball" pitch down the middle. Nelson hits the ball, and Jerry's team lets him score a run, saying that Jerry is "the loser". The Benchwarmers storm the field, celebrating the fact that they were not shut out, and they give an enraged Jerry a taste of his own medicine, hanging him from the dugout fence by his underwear. Later, The Benchwarmers celebrate at Pizza Hut where Richie and Clark manage to kiss girls, and Gus celebrates as he will become a father.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2006-04-07 : United States of America

DVD : 2006-07-25