Top 500 Films – BASEketball (1998)
DIRECTED BY: David Zucker
STARRING: Trey Stone, Matt Parker, Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth, Jenny McCarthy, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Vaughn
FAVE QUOTE: “You’re excited? Feel these nipples!” – Bob Costas
FAVE MOMENT: Has to be when Trey Stone does the Eric Cartman voice to put off someone.
Two losers from Milwaukee, Coop & Remer, invent a new game playing basketball, using baseball rules. When the game becomes a huge success, they, along with a billionaire’s help, form the Professional Baseketball League where everyone gets the same pay and no team can change cities. Coop & Remer’s team, the Milwaukee Beers is the only team standing in the way of major rule changes that the owner of the Dallas Felons wants to institute.
In at number 497 is BASEketball.
BASEketball stars the creators of South Park, Trey Stone and Matt Parker as two idiots who end up creating a new sport that becomes an overnight sensation that anyone can play in and quickly takes off, becoming globalised through television. When the founder of the Baseketball League dies suddenly, Baxter Cain (Robert Vaughn) steps in to takeover and plans to commericalise the sport to make more money.
Created by David Zucker (Man behind Airplane!), this film is a basic satire on american sports in general, about how figureheads run and drain the love out of the sport by moving teams to other states for some profit etc and does it in a really funny way. Trey Stone plays Joe Cooper, one of the men that is resposnible for the creation of the sport along with his best friend Doug Remer, played by Matt Parker, who doesn’t really have much of a brain between those ears.
Also in the film is Jenna Reed (Yasmine Bleeth) who puts the boys in a middle of a love triangle during the film and eventually Doug ‘sells out’ and becomes the pin-up poster idol for the Baseketball Franchise, putting the boys friendship in jeopardy.
Decent enough performances outside of the Stone and Parker circle and some classic one-liners, fans of the South Park creators should check this out.