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Million Dollar Arm

You'd never guess this Disney sports drama was scripted by Thomas McCarthy, writer-director of such meaty independent releases as The Visitor (2007) and Win Win (2011); it's a completely by-the-numbers affair about a sports-marketing agent (Jon Hamm) who sets out to recruit major-league baseball players from India but learns the sturdy lesson that sports should be fun instead of an exercise in moneygrubbing. The story is encrusted with formula: the cute young doctor (Lake Bell) who rents the hero's backyard apartment and appears on cue to offer one-liners and life advice, the cranky old baseball scout (Alan Arkin) who comes along to India and rips on everyone in sight, the wide-eyed teenagers with good arms (Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal) who journey to America and get into trouble like naughty children. The movie was inspired by the real-life experiences of agent J.B. Bernstein, but the story stretches all the way back to Disney's Jan-Michael Vincent comedy The World's Greatest Athlete (1973). Craig Gillespie directed; with Aasif Mandvi and Bill Paxton.

Credits

Director:

  • Craig Gillespie

Cast:

  • Jon Hamm
  • Aasif Mandvi
  • Bill Paxton
  • Suraj Sharma
  • Lake Bell
  • Madhur Mittal
  • Pitobash
  • Alan Arkin
  • Bar Paly
  • Allyn Rachel
  • Tzi Ma
  • Al Sapienza

Producers:

  • Mark Ciardi
  • Gordon Gray
  • Joe Roth
  • Palak Patel
  • Kevin Halloran
  • Bill Simmons
  • Connor Schell

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