Million Dollar Arm comes out in theaters today May 16, 2014!
I had the chance to prescreen this movie and it was a very heartwarming feel good movie. I found myself cheering for the characters in the movie and laughing at their new adventures.
Million Dollar Arm is based on a true story of a sports agent JB Bernstein (played by Jon Hamm) whose business is not doing too well. He comes up with the idea of finding the next major league superstar pitcher among cricket players in India. The way he decides to find this next superstar is to create a tryout that is a reality show, think America’s Got Talent or American Idol. The two winners are taken to California to hone their pitching skills.
The funny thing is that neither of the winners even like cricket!
Both young men have a hard time adjusting to a new country and being away from their families. They work really hard and eventually pitch in front of major league scouts. Things don’t go according to plan but they are both eventually signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
This movie is really great for families. It is rated PG and contains some really good lessons about working hard and supporting each other when things get tough.