“Million Dollar Arm” is a unique people-baseball movie

J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm) is a Los Angeles-based sports agent who has branched out on his own with his business partner, Ash (Aasif Mandvi), but things have not been going well. When they fail to sign a big-name athlete, J.B. is inspired to go to India to look for the next baseball star. He convinces Chang (Tzi Ma) to finance a reality show in India where young men compete for the chance to come to the United States to try out for a contract in Major League Baseball.

After a few months, J.B. and Ray (Alan Arkin), an aging, narcoleptic scout, bring back the winners: Rinku (Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Madhur Mittal). Both young men won because they were able to throw baseballs at more than 84 mph, though it was their first time. Amit (Pitobash), an assistant J.B. hired in India, comes with them to make sure everything goes all right. But, of course, it doesn’t.

The two athletes are lost in the big city and they miss their families. J.B. finally brings them to his house where the young woman who rents the guest house, Brenda (Lake Bell), becomes a surrogate mother to them.

Million Dollar Arm is based on a most improbable true story. The theme …

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