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Mr. 3000
DVD disk
02.08.2005 By: Quigles
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Director:
Charles Stone III

Actors:
Bernie Mac
Angela Bassett
Michael Rispoli

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Baseball player Stan Ross is as arrogant and self-absorbed as they come, and after completing his personal goal of 3000 hits, he quits his team without a second thought and retires. He then builds a business off of his now widely known name, Mr. 3000. In fact, itís not just a business; itís a shopping center! Oh boy! But Ross isnít satisfied, because he wants something more, and that something is the Baseball Hall of Fame. Although after nine years of waiting, not only does it turn out he still didnít make it in, but he might not ever. An error reveals that three of his hits donít count, and the only way to get them back is to go back to playing the game he once played so well.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Mr. 3000 is a fun little happy-go-lucky sports flick, but ďfunĒ and ďlittleĒ donít hold up much against the big leaguers in this genre. Considering the comedy is only intermittent, and that there are quite a few scenes that bore more than excite, it almost makes you think this movie would strike out right away. Fortunately, it doesnít. Sure, it hits a few foul balls, but saving graces like Mac carry this picture. The film starts out well direction wise, but tries a little too hard to put emphasis on what a prick Ross is. For the first twenty minutes I felt mostly bored as I thought about taking a bat and smacking the main characterís gonads around. I started getting a bit more interested as soon as Mac showed off his decent side. Speaking of which, some of the later ďassholeĒ scenes in the film felt forced (where Bernie talks trash and praises himself), and mainly served to build up to the eventual transformation as the ďgood guyĒ who plays as a team instead of by himself. Some other little notes worth hitting on include the mildly interesting supporting cast, such as the two humorous betting & arguing baseball players, and also the funny sausage/mascot dudeÖ (crap, now Iím hungry for some sausage) Anyways, little additions like those were added throughout the movie, and definitely helped to give it a push in the right direction.

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 EXTRAS
We donít get a whole lot, but certainly enough to please any general fan.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While the extras may not be particularly crowd-pleasing, and the movie may lack in many ways, I wouldnít go as far as to say the movie outright sucked. High points include entertaining baseball scenes, a few chuckles, and Mac being damn cool. Low points include a sub-par plot, a lame romance, and under-whelming direction. I guess it evens out in the long run, but donít expect any home runs here. If you like Bernie, plus you enjoy seeing a game of baseball, give Mr. 3000 a try, but if either of those turns you off, then steer clear.
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