Saturday 17 May 2014

Movie Review - Million Dollar Arm

This afternoon I was in the mood to see a movie and it came down to two choices, Godzilla or Million Dollar Arm. I'm hoping to see Godzilla with my son Ken, so Million Dollar Arm won out.

In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein concocts a scheme to find baseball's next great pitcher. 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 "Million Dollar Arm." 

He discovers Dinesh and Rinku, two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. 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 was expecting a decent movie but found myself really enjoying this. The first half is quite funny while Bernstein  is in India, but the movie becomes a little more serious when he returns back to the States with Dinesh and Rinku. In fact I laughed my butt off in places. Pitobash who plays Amit is hilarious. Although the ending is rather obvious, I was quite caught up in the second half of the story.

As always in these types of films, I enjoy the credits at the end where they show pictures of the real people and in this case we see Dinesh and Rinku both in pictures in India and the U.S. as well as clips of them pitching in action.

It's a good movie which I give a 7/10.

If your wondering about how the two did in real life after the film ends, I won't say but MLB did a story on them, plus an update from another source.  It's worth the read, but wait till after you see the movie.

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