Best friends Coop and Remer are jobless twenty-somethings who don't seem particularly phased that their house is soon to be repossessed. It's only when they gatecrash a party that they realise how their old school peers have grown up and made something of themselves while they still doss and play videogames. After being challenged to an impromptu game of basketball the two friends realise that they will be outplayed and challenge the others to a new game they say is big "in the hood" - the game combines basketball and baseball, however the game doesn't really exist and they make up the rules as they go along!
Skip ahead a few years and Baseketball has become a national phenomenon with league matches filling stadia, Coop and Remer are sporting heroes and their game has captured a spirit which many felt was lacking.
Despite how it sometimes looks, Baseketball isn't a brain dead comedy; the opening sequence contains a narrative telling how the public has become disillusioned by sport as it slowly became more interested in commercial opportunities and cheap showbiz stunts. As the crowds diminished, professional sport died and kids lost their role models. It may be an over-the-top, worse case scenario but it has elements we can all identify in real life where no sporting event or league goes unsponsored and celebrity worship often transcends the sport itself. Although this is a funny film it's also a satire on how sport has become big business over the last couple of decades.
Sometimes the film drags a little and you can see some of the jokes coming, but there are some great comedy moments in Baseketball which make it worth watching. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are well cast as the two friends, the plot is very simplistic but their exploits make sure that there's always enough happening to stop you from clockwatching. A big part of playing Baseketball is the `psyche out' where you defend by trying to put off your opponent by shouting abuse - this gives the film a legitimate reason to include lots of gloriously offensive humour, and it's where a lot of the film's laughs come from.
The bonus features on this DVD are fairly lacklustre - the only bonus worthy of a mention is the outtakes which had me laughing and it expands on the comedy potential of the film. The DVD transfer is good, sometimes lower budget or `fringe' interest films can be treated harshly when it comes to DVD quality but thankfully there is no obvious dodgy compression and some effort has been made to produce decent picture quality.
In a nutshell: This isn't the strongest comedy in the world and it's not very profound either - but it does make observations which are relevant to real life and can make the film quite thought provoking. The gags in Baseketball are funny, some are surprisingly subtle and sit nicely along with the more obvious in-your-face moments.