By Carolyn Perlmutter | Entertainment Editor
The Disney Movie Million Dollar Arm, based on a true story, came out on May 16 with an opening weekend take at a respectable $10,515,659. This movie stars Jon Hamm as JB, Pitobash as Amit, Suraj Sharma as Rinku and Madhur Mittal as Dinesh in an inspirational story about a sports agent’s recruitment of two Indian teenagers and his efforts to transform them into major league baseball players.
This movie starts off with JB and his associates struggling to keep their sports agency afloat. In a last-ditch effort, JB convinces an investor to give him the finances to go to India, hold a competition, recruit two Indian cricket players and turn them into major league baseball pitchers all in less than year. JB’s plan is to capitalize on the novelty and the added market potential with the addition of a billion Indian baseball fans.
This story follows the two recruits, Rinku and Dinesh, and their Indian translator and aspiring baseball coach Amit, as well as the romance between JB and his tenant Brenda, played by Lake Bell.
Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal do a phenomenal job portraying the culture shock that accompanies the transition from Indian life to living in Los Angeles. Jon Hamm, as JB, shows remarkable growth as a character as he is forced to choose where his loyalties lie and what is truly important in life. Jon Hamm, primarily known for his role in Mad Men, displays a softer side as he takes on a more father-figure like and responsible role.
Parts of the movie were filmed on location in India, giving it an authentic feel.
Touches of comedy provide comedic relief and contrast the drama. However, the movie lacks suspense. Like most Disney movies, the end is predictable, and there are few twists and turns.
The unconventional family formed and dreams turning into reality makes for the perfect inspirational, feel-good movie good for families.