More To Say #114: Major League

My plan was to get to this one around the time of its’ 30th anniversary last month but things got in the way so…let’s talk about Major League:

Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film produced by Chris Chesser and Irby Smith, written and directed by David S. Ward, that stars Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Bob Uecker, Rene Russo, and Corbin Bernsen.

Made for $11 million, Major League grossed nearly $50 million in domestic release. Major League deals with the exploits of a fictionalized version of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, and spawned two sequels (Major League II and Back to the Minors), neither of which replicated the success of the original film.

Rachel Phelps is the new owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. However, her plans for the team are rather nefarious. She wants to move the team to Miami for the warmer climate and a new stadium. To justify the move, the team has to lose, and lose badly. So she assembles the worst possible team she can. Among these are a past-his-prime catcher with bad knees, a shrewd but past-his-prime pitcher, a young tearaway pitcher (and felon) with a 100 mph fastball but absolutely no control, a third baseman who is too wealthy and precious to dive, a voodoo-loving slugger who can’t hit a curve ball and an energetic-but-naive lead off hitter and base-stealer who can’t keep the ball on the ground. Against the odds, and after the inevitable initial failures, they iron out some of their faults and start to win, much to Ms Phelps’ consternation.

The script as a whole is your typical sports underdog story but as long as you can still be entertained by everything else, you can let the script aside and luckily, Major League is not only entertaining but it’s pretty damn funny stuff.

This is a hilarious and well-made comedy with a great cast led by Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, and Corbin Bernsen and a lot of really hilarious even satirical humor that you could honestly put with some teams today *cough*PittsburghPirates*cough*, it just shows how this movie has held with time and has actually gotten a lot funnier since then.

Major League holds up and gets even funnier as the years go on with memorable quotes, hilarious humor all around, a great cast, and it definitely deserves its’ place as one of the best sports comedies of all time.

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