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USA: Sony Pictures
UK: Sony Pictures Releasing
Cast: Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder, Jon Lovitz, Craig Kilborn, Molly Sims, Tim Meadows, Adam Sandler, Rachel Hunter, Matt Weinberg, Mason Knight, Danny McCarthy, Garrett Julian, Joe Gnoffo, Jillian Henry, Brooke Langton, Nick Swardson, Alex Warrick, Amaury Nolasco, Max Prado, Kristin Quick, Bill Romanowski, Sean Salisbury, Rob Frank, Ron Masak, Reggie Jackson, Mykal Wild, Jack Anthony, Mitchell Letulle, Noel Petok, Jed Williams, Joshua Laake, Kyle Grien, Jumper Lark, Terry Crews, Dan Patrick, Rob Moore, Doug Jones, Anne Marie Sanguigni, Kate Smith, Michael Westphal, Chipps Cooney, Kelly Cramer, Deanna DeLisle, John Farley, Eric La Barr, Norm MacDonald, Lochlyn Munro,
Director: Dennis Dugan
USA: 80 mins
UK: 85 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for crude and suggestive humor, and for language
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate language and crude jokes
USA Release Date: 7 April 2006
UK Release Date: 2 June 2006
It's never to late to make a stand.
In Revolution Studios' comedy THE BENCHWARMERS, three underdogs (Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder) form a three-man baseball team to challenge a full squad of elementary school baseball bullies. Their success leads to a high-stakes, winner-take-all game with the best kids in the state. If they win, they will become an inspiration for every kid who has ever been a benchwarmer.
Gus (Rob Schneider), Richie (David Spade) and Clark (Jon Heder) are three underdogs who, as kids, spent a great deal of time on the bench when they were kids. Now, they're getting a second chance.
Mel (Jon Lovitz) is a local billionaire whose son Nelson (Max Prado) is always being intimidated by the other kids. One day, Gus and Clark rescue Nelson from a bunch of bullies on the baseball field. When Max tells his father about the incident, Mel makes Gus, Clark and Richie a tantalizing proposition: He will put up the money for them to travel and play in a tournament against the young baseballers as a way of helping his son and other nerds like him to exact revenge against the bullies of this world. It will be called "Mel's Tournament of Little Baseballers and Three Older Guys."
The winner will get the greatest stadium ever built — at Mel's expense.
In order to prepare Gus, Richie and Clark for the tournament, Mel hires baseball legend Reggie Jackson to train them. Reggie works with them on timing by having them sit in the back of a truck as it drives down the street, swinging a bat and demolishing mailboxes. He also teaches them fielding by tossing a hot potato at them, which they catch barehanded and toss quickly to one another.
Amazingly, the training pays off and they become an inspiration to benchwarmers everywhere.