Chasing 3000 (2008)
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Critic Reviews for Chasing 3000
A brotherly love tale substantially weightier than its baseball road-trip premise might indicate.
This sincere, nostalgic, brothers-on-the-road movie has its strong points but sadly fails to do what Clemente so famously did in his final at-bat - finish on a high note.
It's a tapestry of cinematic clichés in the service of fictionalized memoir, pushed just past serviceability by some great old footage of Clemente and affecting performances by Morgan, Culkin and Holly.
Audience Reviews for Chasing 3000
Often times sports can bring out the best and the worst in people, but the majority of those stories take place on the field of play. Everything that happens is centered around the game, and rightfully so, that's where the cameras are focused, but once in a while, a story comes along that takes the focus off the field, Chasing 3000 is one such story. In the summer of 1972, Roberto Clemente is 6 hits away from reaching 3000 hits, but brothers Mickey and Roger are stuck in Southern California. Roger's (Rory Culkin) muscular dystrophy has forced the family to relocate, leaving the boys 3000 miles away from their favorite baseball player, but Mickey (Trevor Morgan) has no intention of it preventing him from witnessing history. One weekend when their mother goes away on business, the boys decide to steal her car and make the journey back home, to Pittsburgh. Despite this being a true story, with the cast they have, I feared that this movie would be some lame farce, but it surprised me by being genuine and heartwarming. The truth is that Mickey seemed to always resent his brother, until they went on the trip, and he realized just how a like they really are. Trevor Morgan stars and while I usually don't like the roles he chooses, but he is a very solid young lead. Morgan was good, but it's Rory Culkin who steals the show, playing the hopelessly ill younger brother, who at heart is every bit the wild teenager that his brother is. Along the way, the boys meet a whole cast of unusual characters portrayed in cameos by some people you'd never expect to see in an independent film. As I've said a million times, depth of cast always helps a film along, especially an independent drama. A lot of people will be turned off by the fact that this film centers around a historic sports achievement, but this is by no means a film about sports, and should appeal to large audiences.
one the greatest baseball movies i have ever seen, amazing made me cry, im crying now writing this, i loved it, definitely 1 in 11 of the all time greatest baseball movies ever made out there, ray makes this one with my favorite movies, and the actor the funny dad as a cop from something about mary hands down amazing. lauren holly, and of course and old character actor plays poppy one the guy from bottle rocket, i watched this movie in the hospital almost dying and it gave me hope and i hung on. i met ray once when he was in vancouver shooting a movie eons ago on the street i wish i could meet him again and thank him for this one. The 2 young boys great performances, and a good part for one the bad guys i loved in the movie heat.
"Chasing 3000" is a heartwarming family film that will really strike a chord with the older generation of baseball fans and all Pittsburgh Pirate fans. Although the film focuses around baseball, this merely creates a context for the theme of brotherly love in the face of adversity. The classic footage of Roberto Clemente is sparingly used in several strategic places throughout the film, though no moment is better than the opening sequence with the young kids imitating Clemente as they played in 1966. While I would not nominate any of these performances for an Oscar, Lauren Holly (of "Dumb and Dumber" fame) and "Little Macaulay Culkin" (aka Rory Culkin) showed the most refined acting chops. M. Emmet Walsh was too over the top and, while being lovable, made me roll my eyes. Best of all is the satisfying end to the boys' journey and the even greater tearjerking ending to the film. This film is better than anything seen on the Highmark Channel while still warming your heart and pays a nice tribute to one of the finest ballplayers of all time.
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