Parents' Guide to

Million Dollar Arm

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Feel-good sports dramedy is a fine pick for tweens.

Movie PG 2014 123 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+


The film was intersting, it's all about hope and opportunities that life may give you without planning for it. it has a great message to the viewers.

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age 10+


I thought Million Dollar Arm was an amazing movie. There were a few parts that I didn't understand but I still found the movie fun. It was simply hilarious yet had a good storyline. An inspiring movie, Million Dollar Arm is the perfect movie for the family. Though younger kids may not understand some of the concepts in this movie, Older kids will love it. So will adults. Jokes, excitement, fun, sports, anxiety and motivating others, The Million Dollar Arm has it all.

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Is It Any Good?

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Hamm is well chosen to play a slick agent who's hoping that his idea of finding the first Indian baseball players to reach the major leagues will lead to a big payday. Hamm knows how to play charming but unlikable characters, and J.B. -- for most of the movie -- is just that: a man making a lot of shiny promises he then has to scramble to deliver. The actor has good chemistry with everyone, from Mandvi (who, as always, is effortlessly amusing) to cheery tenant/love interest Lake Bell to the trio of grateful, confused, and hardworking young Indians that his character brings back to the States.

Despite the standout performances by the MLB hopefuls -- Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma is quite magnetic and will hopefully get more roles, while Madhur Mittal is evocative as the broodier, more thoughtful athlete, Dinesh -- their story is secondary to J.B.'s. Which is kind of too bad, since it's their life-changing journey, their courage, their "fish out of water" tale that's most interesting. In addition to the two players, there's Darshan Jariwala, who plays Vivek, the comic relief of a pint-sized Indian baseball fan who hopes to coach baseball full time. While undeniably sweet and funny, his character occasionally feels cartoonishly cute. Overall this is a fine family sports drama with a feel-good message. It's just a shame the focus is on the agent and not the players.

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