Million Dollar Arm
In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) plans to find baseball's next star pitcher. He heads to India to find a cricket player whom he can nurture into a major league star. With the help of a scout (Alan Arkin), J.B. finds teens Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma), who haven't a clue about baseball but throw powerful pitches. As the boys adjust to American life, J.B. learns valuable lessons about teamwork and family.
Release Date: May 16, 2014
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An amiable cast and a by--the--numbers script add up to an enjoyable rental that shouldplease most family members. It’s a standard fish out of water tale – First JB in India, then the pitchers in the U.S. – with an added sports slant. There aren’t any home runs here, but no strikeouts either. Call it a series of singles that move runners into scoring position.Click here to read the full reviewFebruary 10th, 2015 · Details
Was looking for more baseball in this film that what there was but still a good story. Enjoy the journey of the John Hamm's character and how he came to recognize that he needed to change his life.May 30th, 2014 · Details
So in a perfect world, “Million Dollar Arm” would be a refreshing story of underdogs and ducks-out-of-water, if we hadn’t seen a similar plot a hundred times before. Yet, there’s something about a good, old fashioned sports movie that gets us every time... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewMay 28th, 2014 · Details
Despite the fact that the course of their relationship, and the story of these two boys, follow all the cliches you'd expect of a sports movie about against the odds outsiders with only one shot of the big time, Million Dollar Arm is still a great fun to watch... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewMay 20th, 2014 · Details
This remarkable and powerful film shows that cultural walls can be broken down and perseverance pays off. We are more than pleased to award “Million Dollar Arm” our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus. It doesn’t take a million dollars to see this richly entertaining film. See it soon!... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Whether or not you are a baseball fan, Million Dollar Arm tells a great story with characters that make some significant improvements over the course of time—and we’re not just talking on the pitching mound. Caught up in the glitz and glam of single life in a high stakes career, J.B. isn’t always likeable, especially when he treats Rinku and Denish as investments rather than human beings... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
This is J.B’s story and Hamm is a pleasure to watch, with full-on, big-time movie star magnetism, and his scenes with the lovely Bell (“In a World”) have a real warmth that makes the happy ending feel earned. Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/moviemom/2014/05/million-dollar-arm.html#ixzz31r0CFDdH Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/moviemom/2014/05/million-dollar-arm.html#Yqd9uUbWI0Rw6TEQ.99... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Hamm plays J.B. too buttoned down to make him interesting. Even when things go badly, the guy keeps it together — admirable in a human being, or agent, bad for comedy. Arkin is barely in the film. And the Indian guys are never more than cute borderline caricatures. And dawdling along as it does, “Million Dollar Arm” rarely shows us the “juice,” a baseball comedy that is as tentative as a base on balls... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Better than some inspirational sports movies, due mostly to its humor quotient and exotic Indian locations, this baseball movie is hampered by a predictable storytelling style and not enough curve balls. It should have been more winning, given that director Craig Gillespie also made the charming Lars and the Real Girl... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Strong humane values permeate director Craig Gillespie's breezy baseball-themed conversion story "Million Dollar Arm" (Disney). So it's a shame that some relatively discreet, but still misguided sexual content precludes endorsement of the film for youthful viewers -- all the more so, since screenwriter Tom McCarthy shows unusual restraint in his use of objectionable language... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full reviewMay 13th, 2014 · Details