Best new Netflix movies and shows – 31. Bad News Bears
Release Year: 2005
Directed By: Richard Linklater
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Ridge Canipe, Brandon Craggs, Jeffrey Davies, Timmy Deters, Carlos Estrada, Emmanuel Estrada, Troy Gentile, Kenneth “K.C.” Harris, Aman Johal, Tyler Patrick Jones, Sammi Kane Kraft, Jeffrey Tedmori, Arabella Holzbog, Carter Jenkins
Release Date: Monday, June 1
One thing you’ll come to learn about Netflix is that it secretly loves a movie anniversary. Each month, you’ll find a number of throwback movie titles that are ringing in their tenth or fifteenth birthdays. There’s even a handful of anniversary movies arriving in June primed and ready to help us recognize the rapid passage of time (and quickly become disturbed by it). Bad News Bears, the remake of the 1970s original, came out in the summer of 2005, which means it turns 15 this summer. For that reason, it’s one of the best Netflix new releases of the month.
Based on the 1976 film of the same name, Bad News Bears stars Billy Bob Thornton as Morris Buttermaker, a retired minor league baseball player with a penchant for hitting the bottle a little too often. When his exasperated lawyer Liz Whitewood (Marcia Gay Harden) sets Morris up to manage a local little league team, he’s none too pleased to find himself leading a motley crew of baseball players. But he decides to take to coaching the kids in an unconventional manner only he could pull off, and he leads the Bears right into battle with their fiercest opponent, the Yankees.
Bad News Bears comes from director Richard Linklater, who also directed such films as Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, School of Rock, Bernie, Boyhood and Where’d You Go, Bernadette? The film earned mostly negative reviews upon release, topping out at a rating of 48% on Rotten Tomatoes. Going off of its tepid reviews, the reboot failed to stir up good news at the box office when it only brought in $34.3 million against a budget of $35 million. But if you’re a fan of baseball movies, you’ll definitely want to check Bad News Bears on Netflix beginning on the first of June.