2005’s ‘Bad News Bears’ is actually just as good as original

[rating=3]Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden
Director(s): Richard Linklater
Writer(s): Screenplay by Bill Lancaster, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; Based upon the film written by Bill Lancaster

Sammi Kane Kraft (left), Billy Bob Thornton (center) and Timmy Deters star in 'Bad News Bears'
Sammi Kane Kraft (left), Billy Bob Thornton (center) and Timmy Deters star in ‘Bad News Bears’

Remakes. I want to bang my head against my desk every time I get word that another one is coming to theaters. Yet it is even more frustrating when they’re good. Ugh, that drives me nuts.

That’s what happened with 2005’s Bad News Bears. Dammit, it’s good. In fact, it’s quite good. Funny and charming, with a great performance by Billy Bob Thornton. Director Richard Linklater successfully captured the spirit and fun of the original, crafting what is not just a good remake, but quite simply a good film.

Damn him. Damn them all.

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