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Mr 3000 (2004)

Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal.

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Rex 'T-Rex' Pennebaker (as Brian J. White)
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Stan Ross was a baseball superstar who turned his back on the game years ago when he finally hit 3,000 hits. Years later, he's now a successful, self-made entrepreneur whose many businesses revolve around his title: Mr. 3000. But a clerical error has proven that Stan is just short three hits of his spectacular hit record. Now, with time on his side and the potential to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Stan must return back to the game and get back his title. But things have changed with age, and as Stan finds out, it's not too easy to get back into the game when he hasn't played for years, and he's nearing 50. Written by monkeykingma

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Big league. Big mouth. Big time. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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17 September 2004 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,679,028 (USA) (19 September 2004)

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$21,800,302 (USA) (19 December 2004)
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Trivia

When Stan is watching the talk shows, one broadcaster says that the lady in the sausage costume who runs around the field has a better chance of getting a hit than Stan does. In July 2003, Randall Simon of the Pittsburgh Pirates was swinging a bat at the top of the dugout at Miller Park and accidentally hit a girl who was wearing one of the sausage costumes. See more »

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In 1995, Stan takes his 3,000th hit ball from a boy in the stands. The same boy is in the stands 9 years later, after Stan rejoins the Brewers. See more »

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Rex 'T-Rex' Pennebaker: When you get a base hit in this millennium, then you can come on down there, and talk to me.
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At the end of the credits there is a short clip of the Brewer's No. 4 hot dog dancing. See more »

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References The Best Damn Sports Show Period (2001) See more »

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Respect Yourself
Written by Luther Ingram, Mack Rice
Performed by The Staple Singers
Courtesy of Stax Records/Fantasy, Inc.
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Not Bad, Not Great, so...Good?
20 September 2004 | by (Iowa City) – See all my reviews

"Mr. 3000" has those moments, those moments where you agree that this should have been made into a multi-million dollar feature with big stars and extras and a caterer and all that. There's some pretty funny jokes. It's not a bad film. But it just doesn't really excel anywhere that a sports comedy worth its investment should.

Bernie Mac plays Stan Ross, the titular Mister, and he kind of has the feel for the role all down. But there's two scenes where Mac's inner nice-guy comes out and deflate the bloated jerk he's supposed to be playing. Therefore, the film has this two-headed character, one who is Bernie Mac improvising a nice little scene, and one who is Stan Ross, Mr. 3000 himself.

People have complained the film is too Disney, too formulaic, but the essence of sports is surprise within the bounds of formula. Disney's rules of narrative almost work here; the embittered jerk stripped of his former greatness finds redemption in a second try for his title. It's up to the filmmakers to make it work, to make the redemption by baseball story find nuance and still move the audience. When the drama works (exclusively on the baseball field) and the comedy too (exclusively near the baseball field), this film works too. When it doesn't (pretty much all the arbitrary directions the plot turns to show that he is a jerk), the movie falls flat. So enjoy, but beware the slow scenes with little meaning.


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