What the film lacks in a structured plot it makes up for in a non-stop stream of throwaway jokes that anyone can laugh at. Every actor looks like they're having a wonderful time, which makes it all the more enjoyable to watch.
Rob Schneider seems to relish playing the straight man for once. Or maybe he' just not funny. Either way, it' his best role in a while because it requires the least out of him. John Heder shows his range by playing the Napolean Dynamite character with straighter hair instead of curly hair. Jon Lovitz' billionaire gives him a platform to be smugly self-righteous, which, as usual, he does extremely well. Craig Kilborn also appears in The Benchwarmers and is used moderately as a smug asshole, and screenwriter and stand-up comic Nick Swardson has a small role as Richie' agoraphobic brother.
The Benchwarmers is not a great comedy, but it is a solid hour and a half of laughs. At the very least, it' pleasant to watch, a quality that has recently become rare in the comedy genre. Instead of going for big laughs, it succeeds at the small ones, and if you normally enjoy Adam Sandler flicks, you'll walk out of the theatre feeling generally amused, and that ain't bad.
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