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Million Dollar Arm Movie Review #MillionDollarArm
Million Dollar Arm comes out TODAY, May 16th! I had the opportunity to see the sneak peek a few weeks ago. One of my best friend’s came with me and we made it a mom/son date night. My friend’s son is a HUGE baseball fan (he even wore baseball gear to the movies!) so it was a lot of fun. I do watch some baseball, but not a ton so I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t stay interested through the whole movie. But this is so much more than a movie about baseball. It is about family, friends, learning about LIFE, learning about LOVE, and learning about baseball.
Here is a few more details about the movie:
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.
Here’s what the boys (Steven and Cole both age 9) told me about the movie.
Cole: Million Dollar Arm was about two guys learning how to play baseball and how they were from India. Their names are Rinku and Dinesh. My favorite was Rinku (Flamingo Man). My favorite part was watching them learn how to play baseball even thought they have never played before.
Steven: I learned that you have to pitch super fast if you want to play baseball. The funniest parts in the movie were when Rinku and Dinesh were playing with the elevator door, eating lots of pizza…and they didn’t know what to do when the pizza man showed up at the door, and when they puked in the fancy car.
I loved watching how JB started to embrace his “alternative family.” I am a huge baby and of course cried at parts too 😉
Make sure to stay through the end – as you will see pictures of the “real” Rinku and Dinesh – and of course we all looked them up on google the moment we left to see where they are now!
Here are a few clips to check out:
I was able to attend this movie for free. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.