Thursday, July 22, 2010

Major League 3: Back To The Minors

I found this purely by chance as I was clearing out my garage a few weekends ago.
In the garage, under a whole pile of boxes was a box labelled "videos."
I've been living here for nearly 3 years now and pretty much forgotten about this box.
Go back 4 years and you would have found me at the local video store with my fiancee and future father-in-law, picking through the piles and piles of old videos they were off-loading at $2 each.
My now wife is a big baseball fan. Playing it, watching baseball movies. She just loves it.
So I bought this, remembering how much I enjoyed the original film.

I brought the box inside and opened it to find this little gem sitting on the top just begging to be watched.
I also found the Matt Salinger Captain America movie, Plan 9 From Outer Space, High Fidelty, and Doc Savage: Man Of Bronze, all on VHS. But those are blogs for another day.

Here's the movie poster.

Gus Cantrell (Scott Bakula) is the main character of this movie. He retires from professional playing and decides to manage the South Carolina Buzz.

Here we have Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen), who is one of only a handful of original cast members to make an appearance in this straight-to-VHS release.

Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker) is also one of the originals.
He has some pretty funny scenes too.

Not returning for the third installment is Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn (Charlie Sheen).

Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes) also opted out of appearing here.
I've read about a Major League 4 being batted around the studio, so who knows? Maybe we could see these two make a comeback. I'd certainly enjoy it.

Replacing Sheen & Snipes are the following actors, all with different skill levels and "handicaps" which make for the premise of humour.
Billy "Downtown" Anderson (Walton Goggins) is the lead player for the Buzz, and the central player for this movie.
I was surprised to see Goggins name in the credits as I enjoyed his work on The Shield, and also in Predators.
For the most part Downtown is an enjoyable character and Goggins does make the story interesting for the viewer.

Another Shield cast member is Kenneth Johnson, who plays ex-ballet performer Lance Pere.
Johnson seems out of place in this role, and his attempts at humour often fall flat.

Playing Gus Cantrell's love interest is Maggie Reynolds (Jensen Daggett).
We see her at the beginning of the movie, not wanting to be tied down to Cantrell by way of marriage.

Here's another view of her. She also played Nancy in the TV sitcom, Home Improvement.
Maggie is a likeable character, but that's about it for her.

Leonard Huff (Ted McGinley) is the major league manager of the Minnesota Twins.
He also plays the rival to Gus Cantrell's minor league team, the South Carolina Buzz.
McGinley is his usual comedic self here, and it works. He's arrogant, but you can't help be enjoy watching him make an ass out of himself.

The bad boy of the Minnesota Twins is Carlos Liston (Lobo Sebastian). He has a extremely bad temper, and an ego like you would not believe.
And it works very well in this movie.

Here's the trailer.

All up I'm admit this venture doesn't hold a candle to the first two Major League movies, but if you're wanting to check it out for curiosity, by all means track down the DVD and/or video.
Major League 3: Back to the Minors
Major League 3 : Back to the Minors [VHS]

While you're at it there's also the CD soundtrack.
Major League 3

I give the movie a 4 out of 10. It's meant to be a comedy by the humour doesn't stand the test of time, and most often than not falls flat.

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Until next time!

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