Reel Life: 'Bad News Bears'

Can Billy Bob Thornton really play ball? How about the kids? And director Richard Linklater? Jeff Merron separates the real from the reel.

Updated: July 22, 2005, 12:48 PM ET
By Jeff Merron | Page 2

"Bad News Bears" -- you've seen the original. Maybe you've played Little League yourself. The new version is supposed to be funny, but does it resemble real life? You decide.

In Reel Life: When the film opens, we see Buttermaker's full-time job -- he's an exterminator, trying to clear out a herd of rats from a suburban house. In Real Life: Special effects? No. Those are 60 real, live rats. They had been in the basement but get into the kitchen, behind Buttermaker. According to the film's ...

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