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BAD NEWS BEARS

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear and Marcia Gay Harden
Director: Richard Linklater
Rated: M

WHILE there is always a place for a remake (always hoping that the remake will do something different or special with the original material), Bad News Bears is not an immediately obvious candidate for re-doing.

After all, there have been so many variations on the theme over the last 30 years (from Mighty Ducks to Kicking and Screaming), that it runs the danger of being too well-worn. The original with Walter Matthau had two sequels of its own.

Anyway, here it is again.

The plot is still the same. The range of awkward kids is the same, but they come from a greater racial mix this time). The obnoxious coach is the same (Greg Kinnear).

There are the practices, the rivalries, the tensions within the group, the increasing victories and the final match – which actually supports the theme that playing the game is more important than winning.

At heart, this is a nice and sentimental story of making good.

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