`Benchwarmers' strikes out

review d+


Welcome to Adam Sandler World, a happy, stupid planet where director Dennis Dugan (Problem Child, Big Daddy) enjoys the status of a Hitchcock, and Sandler himself no longer needs to make an appearance. He can hire proxy Sandlers like David Spade (career ... OVER) and Jon Heder, who proves that his booger-and-bug-eating skills were ignored in Napoleon Dynamite.

The Benchwarmers, the latest from Sand- ler's Happy Madison production banner, severely tests the maxim that "There's no such thing as a bad movie about baseball."

Spade and Heder are nerds whose lifetime of getting picked on is avenged when they join their pal, Gus (Rob Schneider), for a three-on-nine baseball scrimmage against some Little League bullies, and Gus single-handedly crushes them.

The Benchwarmers (Revolution Studios/Columbia Pictures) Starring Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder, Jon Lovitz. Directed by Dennis Dugan. Rated PG-13. Time 80 minutes.

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