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Mr. Baseball

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sex, cursing, stereotypes in dated baseball movie.

Movie PG-13 1992 108 minutes
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This is a surprisingly decent baseball movie, but it's quite dated. Mr. Baseball is a "fish out of water" movie in which Tom Selleck plays a Major League ballplayer whose career is on the downward trajectory, and is traded to a pro team in Japan, and must learn to accept and adjust to his new culture, both in and out of baseball. There are definitely some groan-worthy cliched jokes concerning our cocky American baseball star getting used to the culture, food, and building sizes of Japan, but its overarching themes of acceptance are surprisingly current for a movie nearly three decades old. Perhaps this will get lost amidst of Selleck's character's penchant for sex jokes and pranks involving setting players' shoes on fire, but it's there if you pay enough attention.

It's Selleck who is the biggest surprise of this movie. As someone known to have limited acting range, he brings a lively sense of humor to this role, seemingly delighted to be portraying a confident jock grappling with getting old and a new life. Best for baseball fans; anyone else is unlikely to find this dated tale very engaging.

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