Benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls – Review
Usually for reviews of sequels it’s almost customary to look back at what the previous movie had done and let everyone know where these characters are doing, in a way to better understand what may be happening in the current movie. Benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls doesn’t need that intro, because except for one character nothing really ties back to the first movie. This is pretty much a stand-alone film that happens to share the name with another movie, and the only thing that may tie them together isn’t the characters that appears in both movies but the reason for a person to be called a benchwarmer.
In Benchwarmers 2: Breaking Balls we have Chris Klein who is a rising baseball player in AAA on his way to the major leagues, but when he takes a pitch to the balls during a baseball game, he drops all his dreams and pursues a career in gardening while going to school to be a lawyer. He has also lost his girlfriend and his son thinks he’s a loser, so after passing the BAR exam he looks to law firms in his city to try to get hired. He ends up scoring a big job, but only finds out that he was hired because they have a company softball team and they need a ringer. He ends up freezing when it comes to his going to bat and gets fired, and after a montage of bad interviews he ends up getting hired by Jon Lovitz while at a bar. It turns out that his company is horrible, and not only do they need him to handle cases, but they also have a softball team that they would like to have Kevin coach. This is where the benchwarmers of this movie come into play as each person is a member of this low budget law firm with overexaggerated characterizations. There’s also a B plot that deals with what seems to be the law firms only case, and even though it takes up a good quarter of the movie the focus is still on the softball team. I don’t want to spoil the end of the movie, but if you’ve seen any type of feel good movie featuring an underdog, you can figure the end of this movie out.
It’s good to see Chris Klein back in the spotlight, because other than the being the villain in this season of The Flash, the last thing I saw him was in that Chun Li movie. Jon Lovitz is the only person who returns from the previous movie, with very little tie in to the as the only other thing that seems to come back is his butler from the first movie. Lochlyn Munro plays the villain of this movie and looks like he was almost born to play villains in movies where the recreational center needed to be saved while Chelsey Reist is the love interest and gets to show her lighter side as her previous movies have been dark. The rest of the cast do their job and provide comedic relief with a few jokes that get played out pretty quick.
The movie’s ending was foreshadowed in the first 14 minutes of the movie, but if you can ignore that the movie is fun for a comedy where you don’t have to think too much about the plot and just laugh at goofy jokes. Yes, this movie did come out straight to DVD and digital releases, but that is the prime market for these types of movies. With the amount of sets used plus the obvious green screen scenes, the budget must have been low and will probably make it’s movie back easily. In regards to any follow up sequels, I think that with the same budget they could start doing different sports like the Air Bud movies. If you want to spend a nice night at home with a loved one or with your kids, give this movie and chance and I know you’ll enjoy it.