Mr. 3000

  • 2004
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy, Sports

This goofy comedy may not have BULL DURHAM's (1988) sexy love triangle, but it combines elements of romance, friendship, humor and love of the game — baseball, that is — into a modestly pleasing ballpark experience. Original King of Comedy Bernie Mac stars as Stan Ross, the Milwaukee Brewers' King of Swing. In his prime he was a red-hot batter,...read more

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This goofy comedy may not have BULL DURHAM's (1988) sexy love triangle, but it combines elements of romance, friendship, humor and love of the game — baseball, that is — into a modestly pleasing ballpark experience. Original King of Comedy Bernie Mac stars as Stan Ross, the Milwaukee Brewers' King of Swing. In his prime he was a red-hot batter, one of the few players to have 3000 career hits. But he was also a selfish prima donna who refused to be a team player, was rude to fans and reporters alike and retired from the field the day he made his landmark hit, without a second thought for team's ongoing pennant race. Nine years later, the enterprising Ross has parlayed his fame into fortune by dubbing himself "Mr. 3000" and opening a strip mall full of stores: the Mr. 3000 sports bar, Chinese restaurant, pet store, hair salon and pager outlet. But despite his popularity and achievements, Ross's dream of being admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame is still just that — a dream. And after the Brewers retire Ross's number, a Hall of Fame lackey discovers a scoring mishap: During one particular game, every hit was accidentally counted twice. Mr. 3000 is really only Mr. 2997, and in order to keep his legacy alive and his personal branding viable, the out-of-shape 47-year-old must squeeze back into a Brewers uniform and head back onto the field to earn those three crucial hits. Brewers big shot Schiembri (Chris Noth) agrees because the team's lackluster playing is driving away the fans and the novelty of Ross' return is guaranteed to pack the house. But Ross' new teammates, especially the self-absorbed T-Rex (Brian White), resent his bossy presence and old school ways. ESPN assigns reporter Mo (Angela Bassett), to cover the human interest story. But along with jump-starting his dormant career, Stan would love to rekindle the relationship he and Mo shared back in the day. The charismatic Mac has stepped into leading man roles with surprising ease, but Bassett — a fine actress in all respects — is clearly struggling with the film's broad comedy. Fortunately, the lineup of supporting characters — including the loyal Boca (Michael Rispoli), cursing-challenged teammate Fukuda (Ian Anthony Dale) and team manager Gus (Paul Sorvino) — keep the tone light and ensure that the film may commit some fouls but never strikes out.

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  • Released: 2004
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: This goofy comedy may not have BULL DURHAM's (1988) sexy love triangle, but it combines elements of romance, friendship, humor and love of the game — baseball, that is — into a modestly pleasing ballpark experience. Original King of Comedy Bernie… (more)

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