J. B. Berns is a powerful sports agent whose fallen on hard times. His business struggles to keep up with the competition, leading him to a bold idea, find a group of cricket players in India and train them to become professional baseball players in America. After a long search in India, Bernstein finds two talented youths, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who have never even heard of baseball. Bernstein takes the two kids to Los Angeles, where they are introduced to a world renowned pitching coach at USC. Initially things don't go as planned, with the two young men struggling with the culture shock and uncertainty surrounding their ambitions of being major league ballplayers. Craig Gillespie's Million Dollar Arm is a generic disney sports film that wears its sentimentality on its sleeve, being a touching but overly generic tale of perserverance. The sports aspect of the film is vapid in nature, with Million Dollar Arm being far more interested in telling the plight of J.B. bernstein, a man who slowly begins to realize the importance of humanity and friendship in a business that puts performance and money over everything else. Consisting of an incredibly generic and unnecessary romantic subplot, Craig Gillespie's Million Dollar Arm is a very by-the-numbers human interest story that is sappy and generic but also touching in its own overly predictable way.
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