It's a baseball movie! It's a
comedy! It's Mr. 3000, starring the star of The Bernie
Mac Show, Bernie Mac.
That's pretty much all you need to know.
It is a bit unusual in that all the jokes are obvious given the
set-up, yet somehow Bernie Mac keeps it funny all the way through.
The Masked Reviewer isn't a huge Bernie Mac fan, but after Mr. 3000,
the Masked Reviewer can see why Bernie Mac is so popular; he's funny.
The Masked Reviewer isn't a big fan of the sport of baseball (don't
worry, the Masked Reviewer still has mom and apple pie) but even so,
Mr. 3000 managed to hold his interest and get decent laughs all the
way through. This surprises the Masked Reviewer. It's always
nice when you think a movie will be absolutely nothing and it turns out
to be entertaining.
Angela Bassett co-stars as the love interest. It's kind of
overkill for this kind of role in this kind of movie. It's like
having Lawrence Olivier in a supporting role in a Rob Schneider film.
But, somehow, it works.
For the first 3/4ths of the film, Paul Sorvino gives his greatest
Let's see...what else is there to talk about? Do you like
Earth, Wind, and Fire? If you like "Superstar", you'll really
enjoy this film. The producers got their money's worth on the
licensing fees for that and a couple of other songs by re-using it.
The opening licks of that song can be heard at least 5 times.
Sure, there might be a reason for it, but...mix it up a little.
Other songs are used over and over again also.
It is funny that one of the themes of the film is teamwork, yet we
don't really learn anything about any of the team. It's probably
not intentionally funny, but that makes it even funnier.
Don't get the wrong idea here. This isn't a great movie.
It's cute, though, and it's funny enough to be a nice diversion for a
couple of hours. If you go in expecting nothing, you might have a
fine time. Of course, now that you've read this review, you'll
probably expect it to be something, and therefore will be let down.
What a quandry.
Expectation from the Title: The life story of Joel Hodgson,
creator of the "Mystery Science Theater."
Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):
Bernie Mac is one of the few people who looks good in a purple suit.
The Pros: Bernie Mac is surprisingly good at carrying this
film on his back; some funny moments.
The Cons: It's a one man show; the jokes are all predictable,
and have been done before in any number of other movies. The
ending can be seen from the first five minutes of the movie.