Major League (1989)
Critic Consensus: Major League may be predictable and formulaic, but buoyed by the script's light, silly humor -- not to mention the well-built sports action sequences and funny performances.
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Critic Reviews for Major League
Ward directs his actors as adroitly as he has written for them, and the vulnerability that he allows his three stars to reveal is really what makes the movie work.
It skims along agreeable surfaces, expertly balancing its comedy with melodrama and fulfilling expectations right on schedule.
It has its moments, but it also has long, slow stretches where you feel like standing up and wandering around and maybe going out to hunt up a beer. That's fine for baseball, but it's not the way movies are supposed to work.
Somebody should tell Ward that winning isn't everything. Character is. And this is what his movie lacks.
Major League doesn't try too hard or aim too high, but it is pretty funny.
Audience Reviews for Major League
A by-the-book, losers-come-from-behind sports movie, with its characters charmingly portrayed to make it all go down easy. Uecker steals the film. And note the frequency of Bud Lite product placement, nearly a joke all by itself.
Silly fun with great characters: Vaughn with his nerdbomber frames bedazzled with a skull and crossbones, Willie Mays Hayes with his gyrating hips that Steve Urkel must have borrowed, Cerrano with his vaguely racist voodoo worshipping. This is the first time I rooted against the Yankees.
This movie has a lot going for it, and by the time the credits begin to role, you are going to appreciate the storytelling of how the worst team in the major leagues became the best with one season. This film is filled with great laughs, intense ball-games, a knockout cast, and some of the strongest will-power I have ever laid eyes upon. It may be a story that seems to be overdone, but when you really think about it, when the dialogue is actually good, the actors are fantastic, and the plot is pure, what is not to love about this movie? Major League is a major home-run, even if it is more of an inspirational film than a comedy!
Major League Quotes
|Harry Doyle:||One hit? That's all we got, one god damn hit???!!!|
|Harry Doyle:||One hit? That's all we got, one god damn hit?|
|Eddie Harris:||Up your butt Jobu!|
|Lou Brown:||You may run like Mays but you hit like shit...|
|Harry Doyle:||Juuuust a bit outside.|