Though it's been some twenty years since they have spoken with one another, two estranged soul-singing legends agree to participate in a reunion performance at the Apollo Theater to honor their recently deceased band leader.
Often called "The Chicago Swingers," ALLEYBALL follows a group of wiffleball-playing late bloomers as they meander through what could be their last summer together in Chicago. Stuart, the ... See full summary »
Larry Joe Campbell,
Johnny Ray Meeks
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
Stan's "You don't like me" ads are a parody of basketball player Charles Barkley's "I am not a role model" ads from the early 1990s. See more »
Baseball players have to be retired for five years to qualify for the Hall of Fame. Since Stan came out of retirement, he wouldn't have been eligible for the Hall of Fame the year after he came back. See more »
If you like baseball, here is a good film for you. Bernie Mac is perfect in the title role as a Brewers baseball player with an ego the size of Milwaukee who retires just after he thinks he gets his 3000th hit, which he assumes will make him a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. Many years and no induction later, he learns that three of the hits did not count, and he returns to the game to get those three hits. Mac does a good job and actually fleshes out the character, as his return helps him learn more about being a team player. I really liked this film when I saw it.
*** out of ****
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