Mr. 3000 on DVD
We arent sure why this film is supposed to be a comedy,
because we certainly never laughed during it. And to us, the word
comedy generally has connotations of humor.
Theres none here.
The movie is actually a tale of personal growth and enlightenment,
which can be just fine except that in this case you can divine everything
coming long before it gets there, with the possible exception of the title
characters final act of character on the diamond.
Bernie Mac stars as Stan Ross, a potential hall of fame hitter for
the Milwaukee Brewers. But as seems so common with professional athletes these
days, hes a prima donna, an egotist out only for himself (he not only
thinks theres an I in team, but that its the most
important letter). His teammates hate him, the team manager hates him, the
media hate him, and all with good reason. His final slap at the world comes
when he makes his 3000th career hit and, satisfied that hell make the
hall of fame on the basis of it, uses the occasion to abandon his team and his
fans by quitting right then, and not even finishing the season.
And heres where our suspension of disbelief fell apart
about five minutes into the film. What about his contract? Were
led to believe Ross just walks away with no consequences, yet can you not
imagine the lawsuits that would be spawned by such actions? We doubt Ross would
be left with enough money to open his malls worth of Mr. 3000 businesses
once all the shysters got their pounds of flesh.
But apparently in the world of this movie there are no
consequences for ones actions at least until later in the
Nine years pass and Ross is plying his private businesses, waiting
impatiently for the baseball media to vote him into the hall of fame. Then,
when hes confident its about to happen, a tallying error is
discovered that leaves him three hits shy of his magic 3000 number.
So he rejoins the Brewers to make his final three hits and
fortunately for him the team is in dire enough straits to want him back.
Naturally, it is easier said than done and the rest of the movie
is a pretty lightweight but ultimately not too bad outlining of Rosss
quest, his maturing, his discovery of the proper spelling of team
and his eventual redemption and acceptance of reality.
Bernie Mac is fine as Stan Ross and the supporting cast does a
good job as well, considering the material they have to work with. Angela
Bassett and Paul Sorvino must have needed the gig, because theyre both
far better actors than their roles here require, especially Sorvino - who
basically has one short scene near the end in which to open his mouth; the rest
of the movie has him sitting silently on the bench in the dugout, doing
virtually nothing except scowl.
The DVDs pretty good, though. Offered in both widescreen and
Pan&Scan versions, we reviewed the widescreen one and the 16x9 TV
compatible picture is very good. Colors are rich and deep and the image for the
most part is very sharp.
Audio is offered in both Dolby Digital and dts 5.1 surround and
its also very good, with nice use of the surrounds and dialogue rooted
firmly up front and center.
You get quite a few extras, though, including a directors
commentary track and the usual array of outtakes and deleted scenes (the latter
of which also feature commentary by the director). There are also some extended
scenes including the ones featuring Ross appearances on ESPNs
SportsCenter and the Tonight Show.
Featurettes include Spring Training: The Extras
Journey, Everybody Loves Stan and a Making of
Mr. 3000, from Touchstone Home Entertainment
103 min. 16x9
widescreen/Pan&Scan (Sold Separately), Dolby Digital and dts 5.1
Starring Bernie Mac, Paul Sorvino, Angela Bassett, Michael
Written by Eric Champnella & Keith Mitchell and Howard Michael
Gould, directed by Charles Stone III
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