The Scout: In 1994’s sports “comedy” “The Scout,” Brendan Fraser, then of “Encino Man” fame, and the usually funny Albert Brooks deliver a snore fest of epic proportions.
Perhaps the only redeeming qualities the film possesses are that Frasier’s character, Steve Nebraska, plays for the Yankees and George Steinbrenner, Ozzie Smith, Steve Garvey and Tim McCarver all make cameos. Other than that, this is 101 minutes of your life you’ll never get back.
Box office gross: $2,294,234
Little Big League: The synopsis: Billy Heywood, a 12-year old baseball enthusiast, inherits the lousy-playing Minnesota Twins after his grandpa kicks the bucket. The outcome: A then-16 year-old boy from Dix Hills, NY (me) throws the remote control at the screen and suffers from acute boredom from watching such trash.
Box office gross: $12,267,790
Hardball: Keanu Reeves lugs his bad acting to the baseball diamond after his character’s gambling issues forces him to coach a corporate-sponsored group of misfits in Chicago. Of course, Revees’ character, Conor O’Neill, starts to like the gig better when hottie Diane Lane walks into the on-deck circle. Overall, Hardball is hard thing to watch.
Box office gross: $40,222,729
Jimmy Falon left his Weekend Update anchor’s seat on Saturday Night Live to team up with Drew Barrymore in this romantic comedy that’s both predictable and unoriginal. However, if the movie were about a Yankess fan…
Box office gross: $41, 966, 965
Ed: Some Minor League scrub team has a chimp named Ed as a mascot. Then guess what happens. Yup, Ed and his tremendous baseball skills make the squad!
Critics gave this masterpiece one out of five bananas, and I’m pretty sure the appreciation stemmed from the monkey’s acting, not Joey’s from Friends.
Box office gross: Who cares?