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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

“..fatally mild, slow and factory-made, "Million Dollar Arm'' belongs somewhere less competitive than the multiplex..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..a simple sports movie that is pleasing enough yet all-too forgettable. But there's that terrific soundtrack and watching Jon Hamm for two hours is hardly a waste of anybody's time..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
“.."Million Dollar Arm" obviously means well. It's probably a cliche to describe a sports movie winning, but in this context that means it fits right in..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]