Plot: Although the Bad News Bears managed to win the big game, the promised trip to Japan is canceled, as none of the previous teams that were sent over have even come close to a win. So rather than endure another American team being crushed on the diamond, the game has been called off. But the players still want to play the game and prove they can beat the odds one last time, which means they need to raise the funds to sponsor the trip. As the team engages in some fundraising activities, a shady hustler named Martin (Tony Curtis) takes notice. He decides to back the team and broadcast the game, which he thinks will bring in serious cash. But can the players keep their eye on the ball and put up a fight in the showdown with the Japanese champions, or will their usual hijinks derail their efforts?

Entertainment Value: This is a rough one, a slow, dull, and just plain bad movie that offers little to no entertainment. The sole source of some humor is Tony Curtis, who barely seems alive here and at times, could easily pass as a wax sculpture of himself, which sounds cooler than it is. The narrative once again stacks the odds against the Bad News Bears, but for some reason there’s less baseball than ever and the focus is on small side threads. The troubled kids getting into mayhem in Japan has some potential, but it fails to spark much fun and in the end, this one is a chore to sit through, just a glacial, unfunny picture. This feels more like a series of loosely connected vignettes, none of which work and the movie never bothers to pull these threads together, so the whole movie is just a mess. As much as I liked the original, this installment sends out the original Bears with a whimper.

Tony Curtis is here and as I said, he seems more mannequin than man here and while that sounds humorous, it isn’t. At first it is kind of funny to watch him stumble over his lines with glazed over eyes, as if he is sleepwalking through his performance, but it gets sad instead of hilarious. Curtis is a talented performer, but he is either bathed in the sauce or just couldn’t care less about this movie, as he puts in no effort and his presence adds nothing to this sequel. No one else even warrants a mention, though Jackie Earle Haley and some of the other players return for the third and final time. None of these supporting roles have much humor or presence, so aside from Curtis’ zombie like performance, the cast is forgettable.

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