The Benchwarmers

April 7th, 2006


The Benchwarmers

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A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard little league squads.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.3/10 (22,645 voted)

Critic's Score: 25/100

Director: Dennis Dugan

Stars: David Spade, Jon Heder, Rob Schneider

Three guys, all their lives, have been living in the shadow of bullies and are determined not to take it anymore. Now they must train with the help of Mel to take on the most offensive and meanest Little League teams.

Writers: Allen Covert, Nick Swardson

Rob Schneider - Gus
David Spade - Richie
Jon Heder - Clark
Jon Lovitz - Mel
Craig Kilborn - Jerry
Molly Sims - Liz
Tim Meadows - Wayne
Nick Swardson - Howie
Erinn Bartlett - Salad Girl / Sarah
Amaury Nolasco - Carlos
Bill Romanowski - Karl
Sean Salisbury - Brad
Matt Weinberg - Kyle
John Farley - Swimmer Boy
Reggie Jackson - Himself

Taglines: Get off the bench and get into the game.


Official Website: Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 7 April 2006

Filming Locations: Chino Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,656,429 (USA) (9 April 2006) (3274 Screens)

Gross: $57,651,794 (USA) (21 May 2006)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Philippines: (cut)

Did You Know?

Cameo: [Jackie Sandler] The woman that confronts Richie about the "Lesbian Sex Scenes" is Adam Sandler's wife.

Anachronisms: Reggie Jackson was born in 1946. For he and Mel to have been tuba camp together, it would have to have happened in the early 1960's. The photo depicts hairstyles and clothing more suited for the 1970's. Also, this would make Mel a person who should be in his late 50's or just turning 60. His character is far young then that in the film.

Gus: My wife is the only one who gets to twist these man titties.

User Review

You either love these kinds of movies, or you hate them.

Rating: 10/10

I really think that's the only issue with this film. If you've been a fan of Adam Sandler's work (this is a Happy Madison production), you'll like this movie. Not only was it produced by Sandler, but it was co-written by one of his longtime buddies Allen Covert. If you go into this movie not knowing what to expect, that's your own fault. I know this movie won't be received well by critics, but when has ANYTHING that Sandler's done ever been? Ontop of that it features Jon Heder aka Napoleon Dynamite. To me, this was a huge added bonus. I love Sandler movies, and I loved Napoleon Dynamite. Many people feel Heder's a terrible actor, but I think his delivery is hysterical. I found myself laughing throughout this film, and thought it supplied Heder with more great one-liners that will be quoted for the next year. After saying that, some of you might turn your nose up at me and tell me that I wouldn't know what a good movie is, but I enjoy and cherish Casablanca, The Godfather: Part II, and Good Will Hunting as much as anybody, but forgive me if I like to enjoy a little mindless laughter at times. If you didn't like Billy Madison, The Hot Chick, or Napoleon Dynamite, you'll hate this movie, no doubt. But then why would you even go see it in the first place?


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