Major League

"Juuuuust a bit outside."

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen – we’re switching things up a bit this week on The Next Reel; – instead of “Bull Durham” as promised, we’re pulling a switcheroo and flipflopping that with 1989’s baseball comedy classic, “Major League.”  Sure, it’s a bit dated, but man, it’s still a fun and funny film.  Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – this week as we talk about this comedy gem from David S. Ward, Academy Award-winning writer/director.  We jaw about the importance of casting actors who know how to play the game – and how it’s not just something they can “act” their way through.  We chat about the backgrounds of Ward and his all-star (at the time) cast as well as discuss Ward’s lifetime love of the Cleveland Indians and why he chose to write and direct this movie.  We talk about the Indians and their long and sordid history (and yes, Andy even works his great-great uncle back into the conversation).  And we discuss why this film still works so well, but also why some of it doesn’t work, namely the music that dates it.  It’s a blast to reconnect with old memories and talk about this movie again.  Listen in, baseball and baseball movie lovers!

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