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Overall Rating
3.71

Awesome: 24.44%
Worth A Look: 28.89%
Average42.22%
Pretty Bad: 2.22%
Total Crap: 2.22%

2 reviews, 33 user ratings


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Major League
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by Ryan Arthur

"I look like a banker in this."
3 stars

Formula stuff. Funny, but formula.

Major League is kind of a Bull Durham clone. Aging catcher (Tom Berenger) is on a nowhere team (Cleveland Indians, and how times have changed) and he takes a young hothead (Charlie Sheen) under his wing while chasing after a hottie (Rene Russo).

What's good about this movie? Well, not a lot. It's incredibly formulaic. You know exactly what's going to happen. The cellar-dwelling Indians will, for whatever reason, make a run at the playoffs, turning their empty park into a baseball mecca, loaded with screaming fans. The goat from a previous game, Vaughn (Sheen), will save the day. Guy gets girl, team wins, roll credits.

It's almost like a ripoff of every baseball film ever made, right down to the music (opening credit music is from Randy Newman, who wrote the music to The Natural, a much better baseball movie).

What's good is Margaret Whitton, who plays Rachel Phelps. Phelps is the team owner, who inherited it from her late husband. She hates Cleveland (as is mandatory in the movies). She wants to move the team to Florida, and can only do that if attendance falls below a certain level. So she assembles a team of losers, of has-beens (Berenger) and never-will-bes (Wesley Snipes, Sheen and others) to make the Indians suck. And suck they do, until they figure out what's going on.

Whitton's a hoot. She's sexy and bitchy, and a bright spot in an otherwise unremarkable cast (with the exception of veteran actor James Gammon, who plays the coach).

Overall, not a bad film, but there's better ways to spend your money.

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User Comments

9/01/13 EDDIED OK and easy to watch but hardly any laughs. I don't care at all for it. 2 stars
6/28/10 brian Stupid in so many ways, yeah, but darn funny. 4 stars
9/15/09 PiEhvOeurbZnD doors.txt;10;15 5 stars
8/27/08 Shaun Wallner Funny Flick!! 4 stars
1/27/08 Pamela White Women can throw but not this movie 3 stars
7/15/07 Mark Louis Baumgart What a funny movie, it never gets old. Filled with actors who would go on to bigger roles. 4 stars
4/09/07 Monster W. Kung One of those movies that you can watch on a sunday afternoon. 3 stars
2/21/05 Jeff Anderson VERY ENJOYABLE! The cast is TERRIFIC, but James Gammon as the coach STEALS IT! 5 stars
8/07/04 jmsynth Formulaic and nothing special, but hard not to like 3 stars
6/25/04 Willy Weis this movie's a classic in my book. 5 stars
2/14/04 Crary Spectacular film; Gives me hope as a Rangers Fan! 5 stars
11/28/03 ROY L. CAIN,JR. HITS A HOME RUN! Margaret Whitten could feed me real dog food anytime . 4 stars
7/30/03 3man This was very enjoyable even for non-basball fans 4 stars
4/22/03 Jin Very well done. 5 stars
3/25/03 Jack Sommersby A real good time (although the love story is blah!). Avoid sequels. 4 stars
11/24/02 Charles Tatum Very funny sports flick, not easy to do 4 stars
10/24/02 Flounder One of the greatest baseball movies of all time 5 stars
9/22/02 R.W. Welch Predictable baseball farce has a number of good comic bits. 3 stars
5/21/02 David Lynn Oh heavens, everybody, loosen up... of COURSE it's stupid. But it's fun. 3 stars
1/24/02 Andrew Carden Overrated. Not Very Funny, Although It Had A Good Screenplay. 3 stars
9/14/01 Butterbean The only baseball film that I can endure. It was very fun to watch 4 stars
8/09/01 Mr. Hat I like Wesley Snipes and Charlie Sheen. And Rene Russo's kinda hot. 4 stars
6/29/01 Jon I think Major League is a very cool and awesome hilarious baseball movie it RULES! 5 stars
5/23/01 Bada Bing Crosby Ball 16 5 stars
4/19/01 Allen Stewart Instead of this film, see a real film like Bull Durham 1 stars
2/16/01 Jake Ron Shelton should take notes. 4 stars
1/15/01 Sklorsh Best sports comedy out there. Excellent cast 5 stars
5/21/00 Steve Layne Entertaining and funny baseball comedy, but the subplot between Jake and Lynn slows it abit 4 stars
3/29/00 tyler hennes funny 5 stars
2/04/00 arnold sweet movie snipes is still gay as hell 4 stars
5/04/99 Big Dog He runs like mays but hits like shit 5 stars
4/24/99 lucas jackson this movie has some funny parts,but not many 3 stars
12/13/98 Binky A dumb, but very likeable film. The best of the three. 4 stars
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  02-Jul-1989 (R)
  DVD: 10-Apr-2007

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  02-Feb-1990 (M)




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