Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 21 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A struggling baseball scout is banished to Mexico where he discovers a natural all-star who can both hit and pitch better than anyone else.
My Take on it – Saw this film once years ago and didn’t remember how mediocre it was so I checked it out again.
Albert Brooks is a great actor, but was totally miscast here as a baseball scout.
The story doesn’t work as well as it could, but still is moderately interesting for baseball fans like me.
Unfortunately, most of the jokes fail here, but thankfully, the inclusion of Brenden Frasier helps lighten things a bit.
The premise is slightly silly, but also works for baseball fans.
The best part of this is the fact that they were able to get so many famous people including ballplayers, Tony Bennett and even George Steinbrenner to have cameos helps this one a bit from being a total waste.
Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre baseball film that tries to be humorous but fails most of the time. Brooks is poorly cast as the lead here and is slightly saved by the fact that Fraser lightens things up a bit. The premise is a bit silly, but works in general for baseball fans. Liked that they were able to get cameos from some great baseball players and even Steinbrenner himself.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film had a long development history. Peter Falk was cast as Al Percolo in 1983. In 1989, Rodney Dangerfield was attached to play Al with Sam Kinison attached to play Steve Nebraska. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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