Million Dollar Arm: Movie Review

A few weeks ago I saw a screening of Million Dollar Arm, Disney’s newest movie, starring Jon Hamm. I didn’t have too much knowledge of the film going in, other than the fact that it involved Jon Hamm, baseball and India, but those were good enough for me!

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Million Dollar Arm is based on a true story – the life of sports agent JB Bernstein whose business is going south. In attempts to revive his business, he heads to India in search of the best cricket players, setting up competitions throughout the country to track down the best pitchers in an untapped market. The majority of the contestants in his contest were terrible, but luckily he was able to find two stellar pitchers, Dinesh (Madhur Mittal) and Rinku (Suraj Sharma) with the help of retired baseball scout, Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin). Bringing the two 18 year-olds back to America, Bernstein hopes to get them both signed to MLB teams, but what happens is far more complex than he ever could’ve imagined.

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Never having played baseball or left their villages in India, a trip to Los Angeles leaves the boys feeling beyond overwhelmed and in awe of life in the States, fascinated by things we couldn’t imagine not having in our lives like elevators, pizza, and hundreds of TV channels! To me, the show stealer was Indian baseball fanatic Amit Rohan (Pitobash), who accompanied Dinesh and Rinku over on the trip. I seriously couldn’t stop laughing – he was hysterical!

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Dealing with cultural differences and relationships both romantic and platonic, Million Dollar Arm is more than another sports movie and a film that even non-baseball fans can appreciate. In theaters now, this is one movie that I definitely recommend you see!

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  • Anonymous

    Sleepover time!!!!!!!