TMS 30 Greatest Movies: #22 Major League

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Title: Major League
Year:
1989
Genre:
Comedy
Main Actors:
Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Rene Russo, Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haysbert, Bob Uecker
Ranked:
Dave #11, Brant #12

Synopsis
Cleveland Indians owner Donald Phelps has died, and his snobby wife Rachel Phelps, a former showgirl, has taken over as the new owner. She hates Cleveland so she makes plans to move the Indians to Miami. However, she can't break the team's lease with Cleveland unless the attendance for the season falls below 800,000. Her plan is to assemble a team that will play itself into last place and no one will come out to watch it happen. This works at first but the team discovers what she's trying to accomplish and they come together and start winning games which brings back the fans.

Reasons This Movie Kicks Ass
This movie may not have won any "Academy Awards" but it has so many classic scenes that my friends and I can recite just about every single one. Maybe the fact that it's on television three times a day helps. Just like Caddyshack, if you say "Yo, bartender, Jobu needs a refill" or "Nice catch, Hayes. Don't ever fuckin' do it again" and someone just offers you a blank stare in return then they're probably a communist. Or gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Monster Role
The movie really revolves around Berenger's character Jake Taylor and his last chance for success on the field while he fights to win back his ex girlfriend (Russo). That having been said, the monster role in this film goes to a young Charlie Sheen who plays Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn, a former ward of the state of California who, with the help of some corrective lenses, becomes the ace of the Indians rotation. If the haircut doesn't win this for him then his way with the Cuyahoga ladies sure does. No, that perm doesn't make your ass look big. Your big ass makes your ass look big.

Knock Your Dick in the Dirt Moment
The one-game playoff at the end of the movie has tons of these moments. Division rivals and close scores make for a lot of slow motion and "crazy ideas" that just might work. I know I'm doing God's work here but I'd be doing myself and everyone else a disservice if I said any more.

Watch this movie if you like.....
Baseball, Voodoo, Bullpen cars, Stereotypes, Jack Daniels

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