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Dude? Dude! Dude! Dude? Dude! Dude!
by Asa Butcher
Issue 15
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Film
BASEketball
David Zucker
1998
One Sunday, while suffering from dehydration caused by excessive alcohol intake the night before, I stumbled across a film on one of the Finnish TV channels. I decided to watch being in no mood to hunt down the elusive remote control; it became the perfect hangover cure.

'BASEketball' stars the creators of the 'South Park', Trey Parker and Matt Stone, so you approach the film knowing that minimal intellect and the bare minimum of brainpower are going to be required. There was never any danger that this movie would be appearing in Academy Award category; in fact, Yasmine Bleeth was nominated Worst Actress and Jenny McCarthy Worst Supporting Actress at the 1999 Razzie Awards.

Don't let that fact taint your image of the film because the South Park guys do all the great work, with some help from the 'little bitch'. I am not a huge fan of Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny, but I have thoroughly enjoyed all Trey and Matt's Hollywood stuff, such as 'Orgazmo' and 'Team America: World Police', because they are just so offbeat.

Taking their style of comedy and mixing it with David Zucker, the director of 'The Naked Gun', means that the comedy is occasionally subtle, sometimes in the background, but often it is impossible to miss. How often do you get to see an actor perversely licking clean a vibrator found in a drawer? How often do you laugh at a child drinking tequilas before a major liver operation? The humour is in your face and balancing precariously on the edge.

The movie follows Coop & Remer (Parker & Stone) as they invent a new game that combines basketball with baseball rules. The game becomes a huge success thanks to a billionaire Ted Danslow (Ernest Borgnine), but when he suddenly dies one of the other team owners begins pushing for major rule changes that would result in lucrative deals.

A simple plot, some excellent sub-plots and a great supporting cast, albeit for the two ladies nominated for the Razzie Award. A special mention must be made about Dian Bachar, who plays Kenny 'Squeak' Scolari, a.k.a. 'little bitch', who suffers endlessly at the hands of Coop and Reemer throughout the movie. He endures interactions, such as this:

Reemer: Your bed is over here. [indicates a dog bed]
Kenny: Dude, that is so fuckin' weak! How am I supposed to get a chick in that?
Coop: Oh, don't worry, dude. You couldn't get a chick if you had a hundred dollar bill hanging out of your zipper.
Kenny: Yeah I could.
Reemer: No. Dude, you're a little bitch!

An honourable mention must go to Robert Vaughn in his hundredth film role, as the scheming team owner who wants a major rule change. He truly enters into the spirit of this crazy film and you sometimes wonder if he really is faking the headaches he gets after talking with either Coop or Reemer:

Cooper: If you want unanimous consent, you're gonna have to get it from one of the other owners.

'BASEketball' is an excellent piece of popcorn munching, laugh out loud, ogle the half-naked girls, hangover cure that we have all searched for on those lethargic Sunday afternoons. Watch it, pop an aspirin and then order some takeaway pizza.


   
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