Justin Timberlake in a baseball movie?! And he’s the star?!
Well him and Jeff Bridges. Now I’m a fan of Justin Timberlake, the singer, and a fan of baseball so when the Gaslamp Ball suggested I ‘take one for the team‘ and watch/review it I decided sure why not it has got to be better than chemistry homework… I was wrong.
First things first there’s a reason Timberlakes acting didn’t get him further then the Mickey Mouse Club, he was not the greatest actor but to his defense the movie didn’t really call for him to be a great actor.
He plays a minor leaguer named Carlton, last I checked Carlton was the whitewashed cousin of Will Smith from the Fresh Prince who did that ridiculous dance to Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual, who is in a slump when he gets news about his mother (Mary Steenburgen) refusing to get a life saving surgery until her ex-husband (Jeff Bridges) is there.
So Timberlake and his ex-girlfriend fly out to talk to his estranged dad to get him to show since its 2009 and his dad doesn’t own a cell phone... go figure.
They end up taking a road trip back or so I assume they make it back and that Timberlake magically gets out of his slump… apparently I took to many pause breaks during this crapfest and now I don’t get to see the end of it so for the sake of movies being predicable I think it's safe to say they did make it back and he did magically get out of his slump.
It’s considered a comedy/drama but the only thing funny about this movie was that Timberlake was named Carlton. There was about 15 minutes left of the movie when it gave up on me and there had been a whole 10 seconds worth of baseball in the very beginning.
Basically the movie has nothing to do with baseball except for the fact that Timberlake is a minor league player and just so happens to be the son of a baseball legend which is very dissatisfying if you are expecting baseball in a BASEBALL movie.
To sum it up though the movie sucked and Timberlake needs to stick to singing... I'm glad I didn't waste any money on this movie just about an hour and a half of my life that I will never get back... thanks Gaslamp Ball.