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Director: David Zucker
Cast:
Trey Parker
Matt Stone
Ernest Borgnine
Jenny McCarthy
Yasmine Bleeth

Sublimely ridiculous, of course, but this movie proves there's a time and place for everything. For those of you who haven't seen the forty-yards-over-the-top humor of "There's Something About Mary," this summer's got another one for you, and its coming from the addled brain pan of the same dude who wrote "Airplane."

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the progenitors of the brilliant "South Park," star as two 20-somethings who invent a game that combines baseball and basketball. Instant fame ensues, and the two must battle the corporate Man to keep their game free of meddlesome commercialism. But that's just the canvas the fart jokes are painted on, and there's a lot to go around.

Visual jokes abound, Jenny McCarthy is a treat, the gags hit home about 85 percent of the time, and Matt and Trey—although shaky in the movie's first act—find their zone about halfway through. With an onscreen kiss that will no doubt be the best moment in 1998 film, "Baseketball" is a Recommended Night Out with your Similarly Altered Drinking Friends.

—Ian Williams

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