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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

* *1/2 out of 4

Author: Bleeding-Skull from Review Land
15 December 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Cleveland Indians have gone 34 years without a division title. Team owner Donald Phelps has died, and his snobby wife Rachel Phelps, a former showgirl, has taken over as the new owner. Some in the media think Rachel shouldn't be the owner of a baseball team. Rachel hates Cleveland, so she makes plans to move the Indians to the warmer climate of Miami, Florida, but she can't break the team's lease with Cleveland unless the team's attendance for the season is below 800,000. Rachel's plan is to put together a team so awful that the season attendance will be lower than 800,000. Rachel and general manager Charlie Donovan hire a manager for the Indians Lou Brown, who has been the manager of the minor league Toledo Mud Hens for the past 30 years. Charlie then recruits some misfit players catcher Jake Taylor, who is a major league standout with knee problems, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn, who is a pitcher who throws wildly, third baseman Roger Dorn, who is a product endorser and former major league star who will do anything to avoid injury, outfielder Willie Mays Hayes, who runs fast enough to steal a lot of bases but can't hit very well, and Pedro Cerrano, who is an outfielder who practices voodoo. As expected, the Indians get off to a slow start, but when they discover that Rachel wants the team to lose so she can move the team, the Indians get their act together and start winning games and raising their attendance, as Jake tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Lynn Wells, and the Indians do what they can to win the division title.

This movie is really a cheesy good time. Acting is really cheap and a good spoof to the baseball genre. All two sequels are dumb, except this one, the sequels were even less in quality.

Rated R for Profanity.

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Ball Sixteen

Author: Boyo-2
27 June 2000

This movie is very funny and worth seeing. It contains every sports cliche since the Greeks first threw a spear. It is not a great baseball movie but a great comedy. The Rene Russo character is aboard for the sole purpose of being The Girl, so she is wasted. There are several good actors in this movie - James Gammon and Margaret Whitton among them - which adds to some mediocre acting by Bernsen and Berenger. Wesley Snipes first showed his star appeal in this movie and Charlie Sheen is tolerable for a change. Why this movie needed two sequels is anyone's guess, though.

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Big league laugh riot!!

Author: Michael O'Keefe from Muskogee OK
19 August 2000

This is a very funny baseball movie. An ex-showgirl inherits the Major League Cleveland Indians ball team. This team is mired near the cellar and if they keep losing the new owner can move the team to a better money making locale. This band of misfits suck it up and end up competing for the pennant.

Tom Berenger is an all but washed up catcher that revives this teams pride to become winners. Charlie Sheen, known as the 'Wild Thing', is the bespectacled relief pitcher that helps bring fans back out to the ballpark. Bob Uecker steals the show as the Indians play-by-play announcer Harry Doyle. His one liners really hold the movie together.

Corbin Bernsen plays a lazy infielder with a large ego. Wesley Snipes is the teams base stealing showboat. The gravel voiced team manager Lou Brown is played by James Gammon. The new team owner is Margaret Whitton and she plays the role of bitch to perfection. The lovely Rene Russo is Berenger's love life past and present. Uecker is not the only former ballplayer in the cast. Look for former stars Pete Vuckovich and Steve Yeager.

This movie is laugh out loud funny. Typical foul language is part of the comic relief. You can't make a realistic baseball film without spittin' and cussin'.

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Funny but not a masterpiece.

Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK
21 August 2003

Funny baseball parody that feels very much like a typical ZAZ comedy (though it isn't one). A team of baseball players (Sheen, Berenger, etc.) all have to play a season of pro baseball, even though they have no talent. Corbin "Made-for-TV-King" Bernsen co-stars.

3.5/5 stars -

John Ulmer

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Why do I love this film?

Author: Chinook-3 from CA
28 March 2001

Beats me! All I know is that virtually EVERY time this flick hits cable...I watch it. There is something about the way this simple, very funny movie fits together that just compels me. Sheen is great as "Wild Thing" Ricky Vaughn. And the same can be said for every other actor (and character) in the film. They all just seem to click. Bob Uecker is priceless. I don't know, maybe I'm losing my taste, but this is a film that will ALWAYS pick me up and makes life just a bit better!

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Solid And Funny

Author: Karl Self from Yurp
23 March 2001

This is what any sports league should be like -- a bunch of underdogs with genuine personality who get their act together and win the league championship along their girls' hearts. Reality is probably a bit more mundane.

Overall, not a great work of art or anything, but undeniably an enjoyable, solid film with plenty of good lines and laughs. Catch it on TV or get it from your video store if you haven't seen it yet.

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Major Comedy

Author: tfrizzell from United States
21 October 2000

"Major League" is a funny and yet somewhat serious and dramatic film about the woeful Cleveland Indians. Their new owner (Margaret Whitton) has brought together the worst players so the team will lose more games than anyone else in baseball. Why? Well, she wants the attendance to be so low that she will be able to move the team to Miami and then buy the players to make the franchise successful. The has-beens and never-will-bes include catcher Tom Berenger, third baseman Corbin Bernsen, center-fielder Wesley Snipes, and wild pitcher Charlie Sheen. However after a rocky start, the team comes together and begins winning. They unite the city and unite the team in grand fashion. "Major League" is a film that tries to be more than it is and almost succeeds. On first glance it is a pure comedy, but does have some dramatic aspects as well. This makes the film somewhat uneven and disjointed, but somehow it still over-achieves for the most part. Far from a masterpiece, but it is still a good film overall. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

A must see for baseball fans!

Author: Monika-5 from United States
25 March 2000

This movie hits close to home because I live in the Cleveland area and am a HUGE Indians fan! I remember back in the days when Cleveland and especially the Tribe were laughingstocks...oh, back to the movie, hehe...

Bob Uecker is hysterically funny as the Indians' radio announcer, and Tom Berenger looks very comfortable and relaxed as the veteran catcher. Charlie Sheen is funny, and Rene Russo makes the most of her small role as Berenger's girlfriend. Wesley Snipes was great as the Kenny Lofton-esque Willie Mays Hayes, and the rest of the cast was great.

The script offers no suprises whatsoever, but it's still fun to watch. Recommended especially to Indians fans.

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Great Film!

Author: joeyabz from Connecticut, USA
7 February 2000

This is my favorite movie of all time. It is awesome! Not only is this movie one of the funniest sports movies ever made, but it also has one of the best endings to any sports movie ever. I still get chills when I hear Bob Uecker yelling at the end!

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Top Guilty Pleasure

Author: DmolitnMan
15 November 1999

This movie is pure Velveeta and packs every sports-flick cliche ever seen into 90 minutes...but I still laugh out loud during many of the lines I can quote verbatim and still get chills every time Ricky Vaughn strides out of the bullpen at the end.

Not a great movie by any means, but ten years later it's still one of my favorites.

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