"Not Just Another Sports Movie"
Sports agent JB Bernstein conducts a competition in India to find the next best pitcher, in MILLION DOLLAR ARM. MILLION DOLLAR ARM is a heartwarming, well produced movie showing moral transformation, but has some overt Hindu content, both spiritually and culturally.
As the movie opens, JB Bernstein has almost sealed the deal with a key player, but it falls through. Bernstein believes he just needs one more deal in order to make it. Watching a cricket game, Bernstein comes up with an idea to go to India and find a fast pitcher to train for baseball. This is Bernstein’s last great hope before he loses all his investors, money, employees, and office space.
Traveling to India, Bernstein starts out his journey to find two great players. India is quite different than America. Things take longer, and there is an incredible amount of people everywhere. So, Bernstein starts to become discouraged. During the first few days of tryouts, Berstein finds no one that shows promise for being a good baseball pitcher. However, just as he’s about to lose all hope, he finds two very promising players, Rinku and Dinesh, who ultimately win the competition.
Rinku and Dinesh come from a small village in India. Dinesh must tell his father he will not be able to help with the family business, while Rinku must say goodbye to his protective mother and family. The two are leaving a completely different environment to come to the States and work hard for the American Dream. Once arriving in California, the boys must train to be real baseball players in order to compete in the big leagues, but Bernstein’s investor has only given them six months to succeed.
MILLION DOLLAR ARM is a movie about working hard to achieve the American Dream. Bernstein starts as a man who lives in a large house, has relations with super models and loves the single life. Throughout the movie, however, Bernstein learns that caring for people is more important then selfish desires. Taking a fatherly role with the two young men from India, Berstein learns that this gives him so much more happiness.
MILLION DOLLAR ARM has three spiritual, moral problems. First, Rinku and Dinesh are Hindus and are shown praying to an altar of Vishnu and doing yoga. They also get Bernstein involved. Also, a few of the characters are involved with flippant sexual relations, but this lifestyle is rebuked in a couple of scenes. Finally, there is some mostly light foul language. However, this problematic content, especially the Hindu elements, is paired with some strong moral content, a redemptive plotline, and content that strongly endorses the American Dream and capitalist yearnings.
MILLION DOLLAR ARM is a well-produced movie. The script has a good narrative structure. The movie will make viewers laugh, cry and feel the jeopardy. Featuring a good cast led by Jon Hamm of TV’s acclaimed MAD MEN series and excellent cinematography, MILLION DOLLAR ARM also gives viewers a genuine feel for the differences between India and the United States. Overall, MILLION DOLLAR ARM is very enjoyable movie, but extreme caution is required, especially because of the movie’s references to Hinduism and yoga.
(PaPa, BB, C, FRFR, PP, CapCap, L, V, S, AA, M) Mixed pagan worldview with strong moral content such as caring and giving to others and a song about God bringing people out of darkness and some redemptive content showing moral transformation, but marred by false Hindu/pagan religious and cultural elements, including Hindu shrine with characters doing yoga and praying to the Hindu Shrine and an icon of the Hindu god, Vishnu, appears, plus strong American, capitalist content where characters strive for the American Dream; four light obscenities, three light profanities, vomiting; light violence includes man gets hit by a ball; it’s implied that the lead character sleeps with models but does not commit to them, though he’s encouraged to get married and does so, plus some crude commentary; drinking and drunkenness; no smoking nor drug use; and, selfishness but rebuked.
MILLION DOLLAR ARM is an enjoyable baseball movie. Sports agent JB Bernstein is having problems in his business. Watching a cricket game, Bernstein decides to go to India and find a fast pitcher to train for baseball. This is Bernstein’s last great hope before he loses all his investors, money, employees, and office. However, India is quite different than America. Things take longer than expected, there are incredible amounts of people, and Bernstein starts to lose hope.
MILLION DOLLAR ARM is well produced. The script has a good narrative structure. The movie will make viewers laugh, cry, and feel the jeopardy. MILLION DOLLAR ARM is about working hard to achieve the American Dream. Bernstein starts out as a selfish playboy. Eventually, he learns that caring for people is more important then selfish desires. As a result, the movie has a strong morally uplifting premise, with some redemptive, pro-capitalist qualities. However, the two young men from India in the movie are Hindus. They pray to a pagan altar, do yoga and get Bernstein converted. So, MOVIEGUIDE advises extreme caution for MILLION DOLLAR ARM.