The Benchwarmers

2006

The Benchwarmers

Critics Consensus

A gross-out comedy that is more sophomoric than funny, The Benchwarmers goes down swinging.

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For anyone who's ever been picked on, put down or pushed around, your heroes are here! Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) star as three older guys who know what it's like to be bullied. After catching some nasty neighborhood kids picking on a friend's son, they strike back by forming a three-man baseball team to challenge the state's best youth teams. Now, cheered on by every nerd, geek, and misfit in town, these underdogs are about to have a field day in this slapstick hit comedy from the director of Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore and producer Adam Sandler. -- (C) Sony

Cast

Jon Heder
as Clark
Erinn Bartlett
as Salad Girl/Sarah
John Farley
as Swimmer Boy
Joey Gnoffo
as Marcus Ellwood
Jackie Sandler
as Female Customer
Ray Nicholson
as Kid Catcher No. 1
Jared Sandler
as Autograph Kid
Terry Crews
as Poker Guy No. 1
Rachel Hunter
as Hot Mother
Dan Patrick
as Poker Guy No. 2
Robert S. Frank
as Spock Look Alike
John Kirk
as Hobbit
Rob S. Moore
as Poker Guy No. 3
Max Prado
as Nelson
Dennis Dugan
as Coach Bellows
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Critic Reviews for The Benchwarmers

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (62)

  • The Benchwarmers is better than it should have been. Only, that's not saying much.

    Jun 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Mattin

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Just when the baseball slapstick starts wearing thin, a final-reel gush of truly cynical sentiment on behalf of the physically challenged sends the ordeal-factor off the scale.

    Jun 1, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Highbrow humour is not the film's strong point but there's no faulting the sincerity of this against-all-odds comedy.

    May 20, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Like pretty much everything else bearing Happy Madison's name, The Benchwarmers kind of sucks.

    Apr 13, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Nathan Rabin

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The three losers play a series of Little League teams, snatching victory from the jaws of slapstick humiliation.

    Apr 12, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Schneider winds up playing straight man to Spade, who once again relies on his snarky coward shtick, and Heder, who comes across like someone doing a bad imitation of ... well, Heder himself in Napoleon Dynamite.

    Apr 10, 2006

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for The Benchwarmers

  • Aug 17, 2016
    There comes a point when the humor in mindless comedies become painfully unfunny and borderline offensive. Benchwarmers just about gives us the worst of its leads who do absolutely nothing to liven the brutally horrendous script. I enjoy a good laugh every now and then, especially when the humor is witty and unforced. But Benchwarmers proves why I stay away from seeking out the silly comedies that Adam Sandler has built his career around. Sandler doesn't star, but his buddies Rob Schneider, David Spader, and Jon Heder do; while frequent Sandler collaborator, Dennis Dugan, directs. I can't sit here and waste my time for paragraphs ripping apart a film I clearly didn't care for, but since it has a cult following, I might as well share my thoughts. There's no denying Dugan has an audience for these ridiculous comedies, but I'm not one of them. I'm not a fan of the way he balances his entire film on tasteless jokes and dialogue that treats its viewer as unintelligent. Sure, there are a few laughs, but they come and go fast. The Benchwarmers attempts to have an important message about bullying and I commend a comedy for trying to have a message at all. But the film probably ended up offending more people than it helped. It's a film that people praise for its quotable lines and hilarious side characters, but neither can save the unintelligent feeling I got throughout the 80-minute runtime. -Lazy and silly script -Failed attempt at sending a message -Offensive 3.0/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2013
    It has its funny moments that'll leave you wondering how stupid they were to do those things, but the Benchwarmers is no home run. The plain gags and stupid humor are a double to get this film out of the game. 3/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2012
    The Benchwarmers had some minor laughs here and there, but as a memorable comedy it fails to stand out, and doesn't withstand multiple viewings. The comedy factor falls apart after awhile, and you realize how sloppily written this comedy is. The jokes are sometimes comical; however most of them fall flat. After awhile you realize that this comedy isn't what it's supposed to be, and that's a good comedy. Everything about this film is forgettable to say the least. I did laugh, but The Benchwarmers is a mediocre comedy with washed up comedians that are very, very hit and miss. Go into The Benchwarmers with an open mind, just so you won't be disappointed. I did, and though I laughed, I still felt that this film wasn't good. If you want a mindless forgettable comedy, then this is the film to watch. Don't expect anything truly great like Superbad or The Hangover, because you will be very disappointed. Nothing is ever accomplished with this film, and the end result is a film that struggles with trying to you laugh. The film could have worked, if the script was reworked slightly and the cast was better. This is the type of film worth watching only once. The film doesn't stand out, and it has minor laughs throughout, but never anything to really laugh out loud to. If you want to watch a great comedy, this isn't the one to watch. The Benchwarmers is a mediocre comedic outing, one that has limited potential that shows its flaws on-screen.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    I hated this movie. It was a disgusting, stupid, pointless movie. The acting sucked and im not sure what its supposed to be. I laughed a few times because it was so idiotic, I truly despise this movie.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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