Each year the film industry creates visual art that fits into a preset genre. Such categories range from mystery to romance and from drama to comedy, each having smaller subcategories. For instance, the comedy genre can be divided into categories such as romantic comedy, comedy-drama, and screwball comedies. The 1998 blockbuster hit BASEketball, directed by David Zucker, falls into the screwball comedy realm. The film displays all the characteristics associated with screwball comedies, such as character chemistry, a well written theme, events and dialogue that support the theme, interesting supporting characters, and timeliness. The film's plot is easy to follow, and interesting to watch.
Joe "Coop" Cooper (Trey Parker) and Doug Remer (Matt Stone) are lifelong friends who invent a new driveway sport, BASEketball, which incorporates the rules and techniques of baseball and basketball, and the only defense is to humiliate or "psyche out" the opponent. After its popularity increases, wealthy businessman Ted Denslow (Ernest Borgnine) offers to buy Joe and Doug's idea in order to create the National BASEketball League (NBL). Both accept the offer, and fame and fortune is what the future holds. Soon everyone is playing the new game, and Joe and Doug are now national sports figures. At their championship game, the Denslow Cup, the two meet Jenna Reed (Yasmine Bleeth), the director of the Dream Come True Foundation for terminally ill children. Joe and Doug both find Jenna attractive, and begin to fight for her attention. Things get more complicated when Denslow dies and leaves their team, the Milwaukee Beers, to Joe. .
Not only are Doug and an old friend and teammate, Kenny "Squeak? Scolari (Dian Bachar), concerned about this, but Denslow's widow, Yvette (Jenny McCarthy), is understandably upset as well. She gets into cahoots, however, with Baxter Cain (Robert Vaughn), the owner of the Beers? rival, the Dallas Felons, who wants to change the league's structure to more closely resemble other professional sports where making money is the main objective.