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hilarious, 16 September 2001
Author: mattkratz (email@example.com) from Richardson, TX
I rank this as one of my favorite baseball movies. They say the original is
always the best one, and in this case I agree. I liked it better than the
sequels they made on it. The Cleveland Indians owner wants to move her team
to Florida, so she stocks her team with a bunch of losers, cons, and other
misfits that she thinks could hardly win a game, much less the pennant.
(which is the only thing that can prevent her from moving the team) The
result is one heck of a funny movie with continuous laughs
*** out of ****
one of the best movies ever, 16 August 2001
Author: OzzyCash from Nashville, TN
I really love this movie and I've watched it over and over. A bunch of has beens and nobodies are brought into to be on the Indians team by the new rich female owner who wants the team to be so terrible that attendence will be so poor that they can move to another state, I forget the state sorry. I like Tom Berenger and he does a great job as well as Wesley Snipes and Corbin Bernsen. The movie is filled with great characters and it's one of the funniest movies of all time. 9/10
I love this movie, the first is always the best, 12 August 2001
Author: Keyser Soze-12 from Birmingham, AL
Major League invented the modern day sports film formula. That formula goes
as follows: take a team of any sport that is doing really horrible, add a
bunch of misfit players with screwball personalities, spend most of the film
showing how they have hidden talent, spend what's left of the film showing
them kicking everybody's asses, then go into a big "ending game" where they
win. Now, we have seen this formula a thousand times. This is quite
possibly the most copied and repeated formula ever created because all the
movies that use it are exactly the same, only with a different sport and
characters with different quirks. What are some movies like this? Well,
there's Necessary Roughness, Major League 2 & 3, The Replacements, all those
Mighty Ducks movies, and, ummm, about 500 others that I can't think of right
now. Just trust me, there are enough clones of this movie to make those
anti- stem cell people wet their pants.
What makes Major League different is that is was first (but, if I'm wrong about this, please correct me). To my knowledge, it was the first movie to use this exact formula. Now comedic sports movies have existed since Edison's day, but Major League was the first to do this. And I think it's the best. What makes it better than the clones with the same formula is talent. This film is filled with it. Charlie Sheen playing a pot smoking, car stealing, punk, which is, well, himself. Tom Berrigner before he started making straight to video films (what happened to him? The guy's nominated for an Oscar, then he's flipping burgers at McDonalds. Since when does it work like that?) Renne Russo in her first film, I think. Dennis Haysbert is hilarious as the voodoo man Pedro, my favorite character in the film. Wesley Snipes is great and pretty much unnoticed in this film. Had this movie been made today, he would have gotten top billing, but this was before he was famous.
If I had to pick one thing about this movie that I don't like, it would have to be the routine "big game at the end". The movie is hilarious up to this point, when it gets serious. It's like someone hits the brakes when you're going 80 down the interstate, in what I call comedic whiplash. This happens in a lot of movies (remember Space Cowboys?). But Major League just gets too serious too quickly. But that's my only gripe and it hurts me to say it because I love this little movie.
Yep, I love this movie. It's very close to my heart. It hasn't got the big laughs of some movies, it isn't filled with comedians, it isn't crude, racist, or blasphemous (not that I really care); but it is funny and it has heart. It's just a fun, good ol movie. In fact, I have yet to meet a person who didn't like it. Now I can't say that about the clones.
Rating: Probably a 7 or an 8. Somewhere in that area.
brillant comedy, 24 July 2001
Author: graemewilb (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Blackburn, England
Having just managed to get a copy on video, it is still a great comedy after all these years , remembering that i went to watch it twice when it first come out.Baseball is not a big sport in the UK but it did'nt matter if you did not understand the sport , the comedy was great, and a mixture of great characters, an ex con , a washed up player with dodgy knees, a poser and a player that has voodoo as his religion , put it with a announcer who says what he thinks and you have the mixture for a great film . It is a film about the under dog who gets on top, a bunch of misfit players who come together to get one over on their bitch of an owner played by Margret Whitton , Charlie Sheen is great as Wild Thing Rick Vaughn with a brillant haircut , Berenger has a great line when he is talking to Corbin Bernsen, after Bersen had not dived for a ball during a game " If you ever tank a play like that again I will cut your nuts off and shove them down your F****** throat ". The first was the best and the sequals were a let down , but after 12 years the original is still a great comedy film
Inspired by The Producers, 18 July 2001
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA
Takes a satiraic look at baseball and the awefullness of the Cleveland Indians during that point in time. Film was done when the Cleveland Indiand were one of the laughing stocks of baseball. This was before the next decade when they would become one of the best teams in the American League of major league baseball. Some good performances are given by Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Rene Russo, and Wesley Snipes. Major League(1989) gave stardom to an unknown actor at that time by the name of Wesley Snipes. Possiby the best performance ever given by Charlie Sheen. Many of the film's plot elements come from Mel Brooks's The Producers(1968). An entertaining and funny motion picture with some flaws in some areas. Major League(1989) was part of a big wave of baseball movies made from the late 1980s to the early 1990s.
Great fun, 15 July 2001
Author: Janelle from Illinois
I love this movie and enjoy it each time I see it although I know it all by heart. I love baseball and this movie captures both the fun and enjoyment of it as well as the futility of it. Great Bob Ueker lines - and there is just something about the underdog winning. When this movie first came out, my son's teenage baseball team adopted the bench clap/stomp for their use and they had every line of the movie memorized ("forget about the curveball, Ricky - throw him the heater".) Other baseball films may be better acted and filmed, but this one is just plain fun. I could have done without the boy lost girl/boy gets girl part which was boring and took away time from the real fun. The sequels were horrible and not worth watching, but this first one was wonderfully entertaining.
Misfits play ball, 11 July 1999
Author: Jon from California
This in my opinion is the best baseball movie ever. Though some scenes were shaky in the actual baseball play, the acting was phenomenal. Berenger played a washed up catcher who wanted one more chance to win the big game. Sheen was the jail bird pitcher who might get his only chance. Snipes was the walk-on who could. It was a cinderella team that made a run at it all. Great rental. Next rainy day rent this movie.
One of my favorites, 7 July 1999
Author: thehl from Va Beach, VA
Major league is the story of the Cleveland Indians back when they couldn't
win a ball game. The owner is justifiably sick of Cleveland (I've been
there) and wants to move the team to Miami, but the only escape clause is
the attendance falls dramatically.
So the owner decides to assemble the worst bunch of misfits possible to lose as many games as possible to move the team.
The cast is full of future stars including Rene Russo and Wesley Snipes. They are all funny and entertaining.
The movie's well written with the typical feel-good ending you'd expect from a sports movie. You should enjoy this one.
Funny, if timeworn, 26 February 1999
A team of misfits is put together by a scheming owner who wants to move the
team to Miami. Old plot is overshadowed by the acting of Berenger, Snipes,
and especially Charlie Sheen. Bob Uecker is hilarious as the play-by-play
guy, supplying a stream of one-liners to enhance the humor of the flick.
Probably not good for someone who does not like baseball, but anybody who
knows anything about the game should like this movie.
No surprises but lots of laughs., 22 February 1999
Author: tommy mason (email@example.com) from birmingham alabama
So you can see every joke coming a mile down the road. So what. It's a hilarious movie and my favorite baseball movie of all time. Number 2 is good but nowhere near this and even though I haven't seen 3 i'm sure it isn't either. It's not a landmark film but it made me laugh.
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