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.
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
Roger EbertFull 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 TodayFull 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 WeeklyFull 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 PostFull Review Average Fatally mild, slow and factory-made, 'Million Dollar Arm' belongs somewhere less competitive than the multiplex.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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.