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Million Dollar Arm (2014)

Million Dollar Arm

Overview


Genre

Drama, Biography

Release Date

May 16, 2014

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

124 min.

Studio

Walt Disney Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Craig Gillespie

Producer

Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Joe Roth

Screenwriter

Thomas McCarthy

Starring

Story


In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called "Million Dollar Arm." With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from "Slumdog Millionaire") and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from "Life of Pi"), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India - the boys, who have never left their rural villages - are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball - JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) - learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..like JB's persona, Million Dollar Arm is flawed, but also slickly presented and likable..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“.."Million Dollar Arm" never focuses on anything but its calculated marketing and formulaic plot..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
“..blithely colonialist, though basically good-hearted. Hamm has charm, Bell adds bite and the whole thing passes muster despite its offenses..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]