Major League

1989, Movie, R, 106 mins

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Writer-director David Ward has provided Cleveland Indian fans with something to cheer about and moviegoers with a generally engaging baseball comedy. The film opens as Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton), the former chorus-girl wife of the Tribe's recently deceased owner, takes over the club and plots to relocate the franchise in Miami. Her idea: field a team so abysmal it won't draw flies, thus allowing the club to break its stadium lease. To bring this about she assembles a motley collection of has-beens, never-weres, and assorted weirdos to make up the team. Among them are wild pitcher Rickie Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), and professional product endorser Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen). At the center of the tale is Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger), a onetime major league standout whose career has been sabotaged by bad knees. Touching all the well-worn bases, MAJOR LEAGUE doesn't offer much in the way of surprises, but it revels so unashamedly in its familiar fantasy that it's hard not to be swept along, especially given the engaging performances of Sheen and Berenger. Though Bernsen behaves more than he acts, he and the fine supporting cast bring the necessary conviction to their roles to make writer-director Ward's stock comic pieces work. leave a comment

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