Charles Stone III
Itís obvious which two audiences will steer towards this flick: baseball fans and Bernie Mac fans. Me being a Mac fan myself, I was hoping for some nice belly laughs. Sadly, all I got were a few chuckles, but thatís not to say all was lost; Macís charisma holds up nicely and makes it much easier to like Ross (once he stops being a complete dick that is). I think one of major downfalls of the film lies in the plot, which has so little substance that you can summarize every single thing that happens in a short paragraph (which ironically, I kinda did Ė see ďWhatís It About?Ē above). The story is as basic as they come, and what results is a fairly under-whelming sports movie with not enough humor to last itís 104 minute run-time. That said, the film entertained me enough to at least recommend a rental, but only if you like Mac or baseball. To end this on a slightly more positive note though, I would just like to say that not only has Bernie proved he can carry a movie, but also that he has the ability to be dramatic when needed too.
The Making of Mr. 3000 (15:00): A surprisingly fun look at the movie that isnít particularly in-depth, but does showcase a bunch of cool tidbits to remember, like the fact that Denzel Washington was previously up for the role.
Spring Training: The Extrasí Journey (10:04): This feature shows a bunch of extras running about playing baseball while they try-out to be in the movie. Somewhat interesting because it shows how much effort is put into even the smallest things.
Everybody Loves Stan (3:24): A pointless extra that presents Stan Ross as if he were real. Skip it.
Extended Sequences (5:51): We get three: Sportscenter, Mini-Mall Commercial, and The Tonight Show. Theyíre just the full versions of what was filmed and arenít particularly exciting.
Deleted Scenes (2:13): We get three: EA Sports Commercial (with commentary), Doctorís Office, and Skillet & Minadeo (last two with optional commentary). All are barely worth mentioning, especially the commentaries, which barely give out anything more than ďuhĒ.
Outtakes (3:20): Should be funnier, but isnít. Oh well, still worth watching if you have nothing better to do.
Audio Commentary (with director Charles Stone III): One of the better commentaries Iíve heard. Stone finds ways to keep talking about whatís going on and gives us the low-down on some of the ideas that went through his head. Easily worth a look.