Million Dollar Arm - Review @Disney #MillionDollarArmSweeps

Disclosure: I viewed this movie at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
First off, let me say...I don't watch baseball, so I am unfamiliar with teams, players and coaches. I had never heard of Rinku or Dinesh, or any of the other characters in the film. As the film started, there was a note about "based on a true story." This is such a well-written film that I completely forgot that it was a true story all the way up until the end when it flashed to the news clippings about the players. I guess the story in and of itself was "highly improbable" to me. That said, I truly enjoyed Million Dollar Arm. It's a fabulous tale of opportunity, determination, and setting priorities. The actors are fantastic and I laughed a LOT throughout this movie, even though it's been labeled a Drama. A great story!
STARTS FRIDAY, MAY 16 - Go see it!
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. Rated PG.

Cast: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell, Alan Arkin
Director: Craig Gillespie
Producers: Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Joe Roth
Executive Producers: Palak Patel, Kevin Halloran, Bill Simmons, Connor Schell
Written by: Tom McCarthy

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