A struggling sports agent (Jon Hamm) makes one last large, grandiose grab at maintaining his business by heading to India to find a diamond in the rough cricket bowler and turn him into a baseball pitching superstar in country wide competition called the Million Dollar Arm.
The idea – considered cockamamie at first – takes viewers through various Indian terrains, showing, as Hamm’s character pointed out, the extremes of the country – wildly crowded cities, lush green countrysides, and stunning architecture. Beyond the physical landscape you catch glimpses into the population and the ideals held by the people – quite different from North American ones. And at the centre of the film, more so than the sports itself, is that: how people adjust when two different cultures collide.
Million Dollar Arm is a feel good film that’ll leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling. The journey of Hamm’s character – both actual journey and that of a human being – will engage you from the start. And it’s the spot-on supporting characters that you adore – the cramungeny scout (Alan Arkin), the exuberant Indian baseball fan who loves the game so much he offers to work for free (Pitobash), and the fun and intelligent love interest (the always awesome Lake Bell). Will this win any awards? Likely not. Are there cliche moments? Yes, but what’s wrong with that? All in all it’s a lovely escape and an enjoyable viewing experience.