Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dian Bachar, Ernest Borgning, Robert Vaughn, Yasmine Bleeth, Jenny McCarthy
Directed by: David Zucker
Tagline: Two guys invented a game... and turned the sports world upside down!
Running time: 103 Minutes
Quick summary (from IMDB): Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball , and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.
While absent-mindedly browsing through Netflix the other day, I happened to notice that BASEketball was back, so I watched it immediately. Because BASEketball is awesome. It's directed by David Zucker, one of the guys behind Airplane!, and starring the creators of South Park. It’s the second best movie featuring both Bob Costas AND Robert Vaughn.
A few years back, I did a post about titled “Top Five: 'As Himself' Cameos”, and it could have been comprised entirely of cameos from this movie. As it was, only Bob Costas/Al Michaels and Reggie Jackson made the cut, but a case could be made for Robert Stack, Dan Patrick and Kenny Mayne and Dale Earnhardt to be included as well.
BASEketball is one of a handful of movies, along with Pootie Tang, Not Another TeenMovie, Super Troopers and Anchorman, that I will preemptively laugh while watching. I’ve seen them all so many times that I will laugh in anticipation of the joke that’s about to happen. I never really noticed that I did it until watching this movie. And it started as soon as I pressed play and saw Reggie Jackson in the opening scenes, I was laughing more than an hour in advance from one of my favorite lines in the movie. Watching BASEketball with me is probably a terrible experience for the other person, but I love it so much.
Back in college, I had a burned copy of the movie on CD that I used to watch all the time. I still have the disc, but the last time I tried to watch it, and copy the file over to my PC, it was all scratched up and corrupted. I was more upset than I had any right to be over a $0.10 CD-R not working.
For as much as I love what Tray and Matt have done in the 17-plus (!) seasons of
and the movie, it’s the non-South Park movies that I love the most.
Cannibal: The Musical!, Orgazmo, BASEketball and Team South Park : World Police are among the funniest movies of the
last two decades. Because of the breakout success of America and the timing of the release of BASEketball, it’s hard to overlook
the similarities between some of the voices that Trey Parker uses in the movie.
There’s the Cartmen-esque voice during one of his psyche-outs, and his Mr.
Garrison voice when Coop is talking to Matt Stone’s Remer. South Park
I was surprised to learn that one of my favorite parts of BASEketball is the song playing on the radio as Coop is driving. I laughed harder at that than anything else in the movie. It’s Parker singing, and I find it hilarious. Some of my favorite parts of their movies are the songs. Everything from Cannibal, “Now You’re a Man” from Orgazmo, and any of the songs from Bigger, Longer and Uncut and Team
. Parker just has a way with writing hilariously
ridiculous, catchy songs that just worm themselves into my brain and I love it. America
I know I probably tried to recreate BASEketball in my driveway, but it was damn-near impossible to do, at least for a 12 year old. It seems simple enough, playing basketball with baseball rules, but finding enough people who’ve seen the movie, understand the rules and want to play that way was way too difficult to every actually execute a real game. Plus we always ended up copying the psyche-outs from the movie rather than coming up with our own, with “Steve Perry” as the most frequently used.
I hope BASEketball doesn’t disappear from Netflix again, because I’d like to be able to fire up my PS3 and watch it whenever I want. Or I guess I could just buy the DVD.
5 out of 5 stars