Friday, May 16, 2014

Million Dollar Arm

I love feel-good movies!  I leave the theater feeling... well... good!  There's enough drama, and trauma and every day hardship, that we all need a time and place to be reminded to be happy, that good things happen.

Disney's Million Dollar Arm does just that!  I left the theater grinning ear to ear and feeling happy (hmmm.... a certain Pharrell songs seems to be running through my mind right now.  But I digress...)

So what is the movie about, you ask?  Here, let me tell you...

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 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.

I really did enjoy this movie! I loved the part of the movie where JB goes to India to find the next big pitching star.  The scenery was stunning and it was such a contrast between how the boys lived in India, and the culture shock of the US.  I liked how JB (Jon Hamm) also experienced culture shock in India. 

Million Dollar Arm is charming, and funny, and touching, and just plain enjoyable!  I had some true belly-laugh moments in this movie.  And yes, I left the theater feeling.. well... good! 

I definitely recommend Million Dollar Arm!  It opens in theaters nationwide, Friday, May 16th.

Disclosure:  I was given the opportunity to watch this movie for the purpose of a review.  The opinions are all my own and free of charge!

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