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Two losers (South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone) invent a sport combining baseball and basketball, but requiring no real athletic skills. Based on an actual game created by director David Zucker.
This movie provides examples of:
Cain: But until we allow teams to move cities and players to change teams, and take advantage of lucrative corporate tie-ins, I'm afraid you and your colleagues are gonna have to continue working for... (Cain reaches down where a chicken is eating some feed)
Coop: One day, I'm gonna be a big sports star!
"Continued expansion diluted the talent pool, forcing [sports team] owners to recruit heavily from forcing prisons, mental institutions, and Texas".
- Ask a Stupid Question: Denslow's will involves an obviously rhetorical question, to which Coop responds.
- Attention Deficit Ooh Shiny: Remer
- Author Catchphrase: Early appearances of "Derp," which later appeared in South Park
- Awesome but Impractical: Many of the psyche-outs require lots of planning, and even some props. Each psyche-out can be used only once, or it loses its shock value.
- Both Sides Have a Point: Played with between Coop's control over the NBL and Remer wanting more from this.
Remer Dude, quit thinking about yourself for a change!
Coop: He goes home, does some push-ups, fucks the sleeve of his favorite jacket...
"Hey, I heard your (female relative)'s going out with Squeak!"
- Chew Toy: Squeak, again.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Remer
- Coincidental Broadcast: Coop listening to the radio:
Look out ahead, there's a truck changing lanes
- Comically Missing the Point: Joey's first wishes include big game hunting a bald eagle or a giant panda, before choosing poisoning a reservoir and throwing flesh-eating fish into a public swimming pool.
- Also, Squeak with his admiring fan. She can't be a dude - she's got the cutest little Adam's apple!
- Doing It for the Art: Coop's philosophy while building the NBL; He wants to create an environment where passion for the sport, not franchising, is the main motivating factor for the players.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Squeak. His real first name is Kenny, but his teammates use his nickname so exclusively that it's assumed to be his given name.
- It gets even better when everyone is referred to by full name and nickname and we get to "Squeak 'Little Bitch' Scolari."
- Face Fault: Common result of the psych-outs.
- Faux Yay: Coop and Remer have a full-on snog session toward the end of the film.
- Feud Episode: Coop and Remer, after they've been blackmailed and blame each other.
- Fingore: One psych-out has Coop flip off the opposing player, slowly creep a pair of wire-cutters towards his finger and tear it off. It's a fake, but still...
- Freudian Slippery Slope: Jenna after seeing Coop and Remer naked in the locker room.
This is going to be the end of the foundation; it's not endowed like- (Beat) well, like- [...] Enough! Look at yourselves! You're just typical men with humongous... egos. You're like every other pro-athlete, I should have kept those kids away from you, now their little lives are ruined and all you can do is argue over who is the bigger penis- I mean child. (sigh) Long wanger. (gasp) Throbbing cock. (screams)
- Full-Name Basis: "Victoria Silvstedt, Playmate of the Year!"
- Funny Background Event: The movie is full of them.
- Gag Penis: Coop and Remer in the locker room with Jenna.
- Happy Dance: Inverted, Coop does his happy dance whenever he's pissed off, with varying results.
- Hero Worshipper: Coop is one to Reggie Jackson. In turn, Joey is to Coop.
- If I Had a Nickel:
"If I had a nickel for every time this ball's gotten me out of a tight spot, I'd have a shitload of nickels!"
- Instant Sedation: For one of his psych-outs Remer plays a droning, monotonous book-on-tape in a player's ear, lulling him to sleep in seconds.
- Lampshade Hanging: Coop (Trey Parker) to Remer (Matt Stone):
"Oh, now you're such a big shot, you're gonna act in a Hollywood movie? Fuckin' sellout." (awkward pause)
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Joey.
- Meaningful Echo: The Beers win the final championship game using the exact same play that they won the backyard league championship with at the beginning, complete with identical commentating from the announcers.
- Moment Killer: Remer barges into Coop's apartment in Kramer fashion just as he and Jenna are about to kiss.
- Never My Fault: Remer blames the entire mess on Coop because he wouldn't share control of the NBL and for saying no to Cain's first proposition (thus forcing Cain to take drastic measures in order to change Coop's mind). When Jenna comes down to tell them they've destroyed her foundation, Remer quickly pins the blame on Coop.
Coop: Jenna, I can explain...
- Opposing Sports Team: The Dallas Felons.
- Pair the Spares: Remer and Yvette, despite never meeting before. They were lonely because everyone else was paired.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Reel Big Fish's cover of A-Ha's "Take On Me" for the movie itself, their song "Beer" for the Milwaukee Beers.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After infighting between Coop and Remer threatens their shot at winning the championship game, Squeak delivers one to them at halftime while dressed as a pineapple.
- Running Gag: Cain's headaches. Of course, he's Surrounded by Idiots.
- Second Place Is for Losers: After losing the championship game at the beginning, the Beers are met with hats and assorted merchandise labeled "LOSERS."
- La-Z-Boy, to Roy Hobbs' Wonderboy (a bat he carved himself from a fallen tree) in The Natural.
- The salute Coop, Remer and Squeak give at the end was copied from a touchdown celebration ("The Mile High Salute") the Denver Broncos were known for at the time.
- Star Trek jokes during the second hospital scene.
Coop: Dammit, man! I'm trying to save an innocent life!
- Strange Minds Think Alike: For some reason, everyone but Baxter thinks that Shaq got rich playing in college.
Did I just fart?
- Stunt Double: Remer has one.
- Suspiciously Apropos Music: "Warts on Your Dick"
- Take That: It's a movie by the South Park crew; The list could fill its own page.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Squeak and his female fan are the extreme of this.
- Trash Talk: Psych-outs, an official part of the game.
- Troll: The object of a psych-out is to make your opponent miss his shot without physical interference, so most people take this route. Coop and Remer are masters, employing everything from the conventional Trash Talk to fake self-mutilation and books-on-tape.
- Un Entendre: Yvette, being a trophy wife, frequently mistakes Baxter's sexual come-ons for unconventional requests:
Baxter: But you know, my (glances at groin) lobby could use a good buffing, if you know what I mean.
- Video Wills: How Denslow leaves the team to Coop.
- You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Coop and his La-Z-Boy ball.