Family Night at the Movies: Disney’s Million Dollar Arm

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Have you ever taken a 4 year old and a 11 month old to a movie?  Either we are really brave or really crazy, because this past week we got the chance to go to a prescreening of the new Disney movie Million Dollar Arm.  We saw a preview for the movie a couple of months ago and right away we knew we wanted to go and see it, so when we got the opportunity to check it out early we were really excited! It is based on a true story about a sports agent who goes to India to find raw talent and the next big major league baseball hopeful.  Cricket, baseball, India, humor, this movie had it all!  However, our babysitters didn’t pan out at the last minute, so we had to make the choice to go anyway and pray the kids made it through or give up our tickets.  We decided to take the risk and go for it – and we were not sorry – the kids did pretty well and we loved the movie!  If you haven’t heard about it, here is a quick synopsis from Disney’s website:52410bf41ee1b020e8fb6b308c9d245212ce5bd7

In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of a cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout (Alan Arkin) he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18 year old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India – the boys, who have never left their rural villages – are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball – JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell) – learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.

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The movie debuts in theaters on May 16, 2014.  Do you plan to go and see it?  I’d totally recommend going – it is a great, clean, family friendly movie!  If you take small children, be sure and take lots of cheerios!

Here’s a link to the trailer of Million Dollar Arm.