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MILLION DOLLAR ARM

 
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At Theaters: 5/16/2014 On Video: 10/7/2014
Rated: PG Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600330
Studio: Disney Pictures Inc.
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Storyline Heading
In 2007, entrepreneurial sports agent JB Bernstein staged a reality show in India to find promising baseball talents amongst the cricket-loving popular on.
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Drama - This fact-based inspirational baseball movie is generally safe viewing for the entire family, with some very mild language and some alcohol drinking being the major points of caution. Fans of Jon Hamm will enjoy, and the cast has a number of other familiar faces including Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, and Suraj Sharma.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jon Hamm FRIENDS WITH KIDS, THE TOWN
Lake Bell BLACK ROCK, A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY
Bill Paxton EDGE OF TOMORROW, 2 GUNS, HAYWIRE, THUNDERBIRDS
Alan Arkin GRUDGE MATCH, THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE
Director: Craig Gillespie FRIGHT NIGHT, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, MR. WOODCOCK
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Production Notes Heading
How It All Began
Finding The Cast and Director
From Script to Screen
On Location In India
Baseball Training
The Real People
Behind The Scenes
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 5 miscellaneous profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Hits by balls.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, vaguely suggestive; culture clash humor.
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Critic's Review Heading

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average What is the final score for 'Million Dollar Arm'? It may earn a few runs early in the game, but is far from a satisfying grand slam of family entertainment.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average When it focuses on the clash of cultures, laughs naturally flow. When it follows the familiar sports movie playbook too slavishly, it grows tedious.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Above Average Sure, the stranger-than-fiction tale has some spark, but director Craig Gillespie manages to swing for every cliché, and the two Indian stars are reduced to exotic fish-out-of-water cartoons as soon as they arrive in America.

NY Post Full Review
Average Fatally mild, slow and factory-made, 'Million Dollar Arm' belongs somewhere less competitive than the multiplex.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 85 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
11
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
9
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
8
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
High
67%
30+Adults (M)
24
High
96%
30+Adults (F)
28
High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 85 moviegoers:
The "Professional Movie Critics" mostly rated "Million Dollar Arm" "average" to "above average." The extremely high moviegoer reviews below once again clearly show the value of moviegoer reviews over critic reviews.
CHILDREN: All but one child loved "Million Dollar Arm."
TEENS: GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The two males loved it as did two of the females.
ADULTS:GREAT REVIEWS! Approximately two-thirds of both the males and females loved "Million Dollar Arm." Most of the remaining third rated it "above average," which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren't going well for his career. In a last-ditch effort to save his livelihood, he 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 "The Million Dollar Arm." With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (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 let 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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