|Country of production||United States|
|Age rating||FSK 12|
The action takes place in 1976 in the American city of Flint, Michigan. Songwriter Jackie Moon is president, promoter and player of the semi-professional basketball club Flint Tropics , whose team plays in the ABA with moderate success . When Moon learns that the league will be dissolved at the end of the season and only the first four teams will qualify for the NBA , he hires former top player Ed Monix to playfully bring the Tropics into shape. Monix, whose transfer fee was a washing machine, initially struggled to be accepted by all players. Eventually, the players ask him to take over the training and strategic planning.
While athletic success slowly sets in, the tropics have other obstacles to overcome. In addition to the athletic qualification, the NBA also requires a certain audience quota, which Jackie Moon initially tries to achieve with forged books and strange entertainment during breaks. Shortly before the decisive final game of the season, in which the Tropics can still reach fourth place, the NBA decision, however, not to include the Tropics under any circumstances. Moon and his players decide to give everything again despite everything. Jackie Moon is donating the Flint Michigan Mega Bowl as a trophy for fourth place and explaining to the press that future generations will remember three things: the discovery of fire, the invention of the submarine and the Flint Michigan Mega Bowl. In the hall, which was sold out for the first time, a last-minute win was achieved against the championship leaders, the San Antonio Spurs , and the Tropics achieved their goal: fourth place.
According to the US film critic Emanuel Levy, the film offers "good-natured laughter". He builds on the chemistry between Ferrell and Harrelson. The film is the director's feature film debut, which explains his insecure hand in combining the elements of a comedy and a sports film. Overall, Levy gave the film a 3+ school grade .
Joe Leydon wrote in Variety magazine on February 29, 2008 that the film was in the tradition of the 1977 comedy Slap Shot by George Roy Hill and offered "big laughs". For some viewers, Will Ferrell alone could be worth the price of admission. Leydon also praised the "first-class" supporting actors. The script is predictable, but “more than serviceable”.
The film embeds its story in the real merger of the American basketball leagues ABA and NBA , which took place in 1976. Even the opponents of the tropics are partly real clubs. The Flint Tropics themselves, however, are a fictional team.
The film was a commercial failure: at a cost of $ 90 million, it grossed only 43 million worldwide.
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- Official site with trailer (English)
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