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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
"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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