Mr. 3000


Reviewed by: Joe

Directed by: Charles Stone III

Produced by: Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, & Maggie Wilde

Cast: Bernie Mac, Angela Bassett, Evan Jones, Amaury Nolasco, & Christopher Noth

Released: September 17th, 2004


Comedy Seven years ago, a vain and jaded baseball star (Bernie Mac) retired from the sport as soon as achieving his 3,000th base hit, and his place within the select group who have achieved that distinction. Now, however, after three of those hits during his time with the Milwaukee Brewers have been disqualified, the Hall of Famer returns to the game, playing once again for the Brewers, to play a few more games and get back to the 3,000 mark, but along the way, he discovers that the experience renews his love for the sport, reminding him what it was like to be a young boy obsessed with the game, as he finds himself imparting some of this knowledge to a young rookie he mentors.

Joe's Review

Mr. 3000, as valiant an effort as it gives trying to invoke an inspirational message of teamwork and devotion to the game, strikes out when its step up to the plate thanks to a one-two-three combo-punch of inconsistency, insufficient material, and a horrible backdrop. First off, the featureís main problem lies in the fact that the filmmakers canít decide what direction to pull this movie toward Ė the emotional melodrama or the slap-stick comedy. The fact that a good amount of material isnít all that funny is bad enough, but to have the audience confused as to where the film is pulling them is even worse. Secondly, letís give credit where credit is due Ė Bernie Mac should have no trouble dealing with the transition from venerable side-kick to illustrious leading man, given that he chooses his scripts properly, but no matter how. Had this been an R-rated movie then Mac would have had more room to roam and given his fans what they expect. Granted the language in this film is probably excessive for what is usually allowed, it isnít anywhere near what would normally come from Macís routines and often the audience finds him holding back, which isnít what they paid for.

And lastly, from the viewpoint of a sports fan, no amount of glitz and glamour can make the Milwaukee Brewers look anything close to an inspirational baseball team. Even for those unfamiliar with the area of sports, if you lived in the state of Wisconsin you would be well familiar with state of affairs of the losing sports team. It may be nice to dream but do it with some other team and not the Brewers because once you enter that stadium, dreams are crushed. Itís harsh but itís the truth, and those coming from the state of Wisconsin would know it all too well. In the end, Mr. 3000 is a good start off vehicle for Bernie Mac to learn from his mistakes and become a more prosperous leading man. As for the audience, the lesson of the day is not to be misled by advertisements, as the phrase ďwhat you see is what you getĒ is not the case with this film.

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