Million Dollar Arm #movie #prescreening

I was going through emails about a week ago and one of them was for tickets to see the new movie, Million Dollar Arm. I had not heard of the movie prior to the email so I watched the trailer.

I am not too into sports so I honestly didn't think I was going to really like it. I also wasn't too sure who to take because none of the kids are really into sports type movies, but I didn't want to go alone. Ben ended up going with me. With the traffic that is normally around the mall area we had to be at, I wanted to leave fairly early. We got to the theater about 6:45, the screening was for 7:30 pm and it didn't seem to busy when we got there. Ben played a few games, we grabbed some popcorn and drinks and went in to find seats. The room was pretty packed so I guess we were lucky to get there when we did. 

The movie was awesome!  It is based on a true story about a sports agent, J.B. Bernstein, in his efforts to save himself and his business. J.B along with his partner, Aash, are at the end of their run if they can not come up with someone or something to get them out of their slump. While watching Cricket late one night, J.B comes up with an idea to go to India to find the next big thing, the next big pitcher!!J.B flys to Mumbai in hopes to recreate his business, his name, and his future. He plans to hold a reality type competition, "Million Dollar Arm." 40,000 + show up to try out. During the days of tryouts there are moments of hopelessness, moments of possible failure, moments where they just don't think they will find anyone. The plan was to take the best cricket players from India and turn them into superstar baseball pitchers in LA, only to find out the winners of the competition don't even like cricket! Without giving away the full movie, it goes through the life and transformation of not only Rinku and Dinesh, but also J.B., who learns he has some growing up to do himself. The movie is definitely a Disney movie.  The movie was way better than I expected. Ben said he was surprised at how funny it was and he enjoyed it as well. This movie is inspiring and it is very well written. Throughout the movie I kept thinking how I wish I had enough money to go over to India and bring kids here, to give them something they can learn, or use, to give back to their families and their communities.  

Release Date: May 16, 2014      Rated: PG 
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Cast: John Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Surai Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton
Screenwriter: Tom McCarthy
Director: Craig Gillespie 

Disclosure: I received free tickets from See It First to attend the screening. The review is fully personally done and opinions are all honest and my own. 


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