I liked it a lot; a light-hearted movie that keeps you guessing till the last second as to how the movie will end; I will gladly watch this movie with my grandchildren; I love Brendan Fraser's character and (by bloomingtonchick)
This movie is a hoot. If you want to sit down and be entertained and not run for the mute button if your grandkids come over, you'll love this flick.But not to worry, this is not a chick-flick, too many well baseball players. Good clean fun, except a few cuss words, but nothing the don't allow on broadcast television. A perfect 10 in the fluff category, and don't we all need a little of that once in a while! Cameos of such TV celebrity as Bob Costas, Joe Torrey and Ozzie Smith. It starts in New York and travels to Mexico and back to New York. No gratuitous sex scenes, but if <more>
you're a guy that loves baseball, you probably will forgive the film makers. Ben Hur and Lawrence of Arabia it's not but who cares, because if it makes me laugh and chuckle, I will always rate it a ten:
I think sometimes people take some movies too seriously, and this is an example of one of them. This is a fantasy baseball movie, not something that would actually happen. Does anyone think that "The Natural" was realistic? Brendan Frasier is great in his role as a child trapped in an adult's body due to an abusive childhood, but who is one of the greatest baseball players ever. Albert Brooks is also great as the scout whose bad luck suddenly changes when he discovers him in the middle of Mexico, and is so excited about his talent that he ignores the mental problems that <more>
Frasier's character has. However, Im disappointed we never learned more of what was actually wrong with him.
If you ever had dreams of being a big-league star, in any sport, then you have to watch this flick. It's classic Albert Brooks. But, it is like watching a Rocky comedy. Tears come to my eyes evewn after the 10th viewing. Fraser is great. You don't need to be a sports fan to like the movie, it is good regardless. As a baseball fan, it was nice seeing Yankee Stadium. I went there in the last year of the original stadium. It was an historical stadium. Though, I hated paying $9 for a beer, but it was nice being able to take the subway to get there. Other baseball flicks that are good are <more>
"It Happens Every Spring" and naturally, "Bang the Drum Slowly".
This is an endearing comedy which, as a Brit who knows precious little about baseball, I enjoyed a lot. The main reason is the performance of Brendan Fraser as the emotionally immature prodigy, Steve Nebraska. There are elements of his later role as George Of The Jungle here, although George was never this vulnerable or unpredictable. Dianne Wiest makes for a sympathetic psychiatrist and Albert Brooks is an affable rogue of a talent scout.
Eccentric baseball movie (by UniqueParticle)
Albert Brooks and Brendan Fraser are pure excellence in this! Also Michael Rapaport in the beginning was adorable as the nervous baseball player, which is interesting because he hated going on the rollercoaster in True Romance; he had to be drugged to look happy so I think it's cool he ran away from baseball in this. Aside from that stuff though this is a heartwarming movie where Brendan Fraser is basically the best baseball player ever catching or hitting "He's got the touch" and the drama in this spot on.
Albert Brooks at his best (by evannaturally)
This is really an underrated gem in its own way. It's important to mention that this movie was released during the infamous baseball strike and unfortunately not many people wanted to go see a movie about baseball because they were so upset with the way things were being handled. It's really too bad because this is a very good movie.The best thing about this movie is the way director/star Albert Brooks blends his own unique style of humor with a deep underlying current of the father/son relationship and how psychological problems can effect and athlete's performance. There are <more>
some very big laughs as well as many scenes that are funny in an Albert Brooks sort of way; scenes that make you smile and chuckle rather than belly laugh. The best crafted scenes in the film however come from the way Steve Nebraska Fraser looks up to Al Brooks as the father figure he never had. Some of these scenes are very emotional and deeply touching as well.The only thing I didn't love about the movie is the ending. It's a little too neat and tidy for my taste, but let's face it Brooks is trying to make a funny and touching movie that makes you happy and uplifted when its over, and for that I say a good well done.