My Review: Million Dollar Arm

Photo: Chris White

Million Dollar Arm tells the true story of J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a sports agent who finds his company getting overshadowed by the competition and must find a way to get himself and his company back on the map.

Struggling to find clientele, Bernstein becomes inspired by reality shows and Indian cricket games on television and comes up with an idea. He decides to make a deal with his investor to travel to India and hold a series of tryouts to find the next great Major League Baseball pitcher. Problem is almost all of the prospects have no clue how to play baseball and Bernstein’s investor has given him little time to make it happen.
While in India, Bernstein finds two talented, non-cricket playing youths, Dinesh Patel (Slumdog Millionaire‘s Madhur Mittal) and Rinku Singh (Life of Pi‘s Suraj Sharma) and brings them back to Los Angeles for training. It’s through training these young men that the down on his luck Bernstein discovers something more powerful than the almighty dollar and acclaim he’s so desperately seeking.
Million Dollar Arm is not just another sports film. It takes you on a journey to the other side of the world and envelops you in the beautiful culture of India. It chronicles the development of Dinesh and Rinku from not even being cricket players to becoming professional baseball players. Most importantly, it’s a meaningful film that talks about comradery and family. It’s by far my favorite film so far in 2014.

I Give It An: A

Check Out The Trailer Here

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