It was good news for Monday’s “Bad News Bears” preemgoers.
Guests were treated to a hoot of a time at the pic’s after-party, which boasted an unlimited supply of whiskey shots and Hooters girls — an homage to the pic.
At the Central Park Boathouse fete, helmer Richard Linklater admitted that he was initially hesitant about doing a remake of Michael Ritchie’s 1976 Little League comedy.
The original is “a perfect film,” Linklater said. “When I first heard about (the remake), I thought it was a bad idea. It was only when I heard Billy Bob (Thornton) was on board that my head started going, This could be really good. So I read the script and saw where it was trying to go. They weren’t sanitizing it or anything. The baseball player in me felt obliged.”
Although the original pic was rated PG, Linklater didn’t mind that his version received a PG-13 rating (after all, there’s whiskey and Hooters). “I thought we were right on the cusp between PG-13 and R. So I felt like we got away with something,” he said.