“Show me the rupee!”
In Disney’s Million Dollar Arm, Jon Hamm tries on the movie-star sports-agent suit that was tailored so perfectly for Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire. But when Hamm’s J.B. Bernstein is betrayed by a client and left in dire financial straits, he books a trip to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to discover cricket players who might have major-league fastballs.
Based on a true story of two Indian (actual Indian, not Cleveland Indians) prospects signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the film is Hamm’s first bonafide movie-star role after the breakout success of Mad Men and winning supporting appearances in The Town, Bridesmaids, and Friends With Kids.
Check out the trailer below, which also stars Lake Bell as
Dorothy Boyd the neighbor who sees through J.B.’s callous, slick exterior, and Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma as one of the promising pitchers. Alan Arkin plays Alan Arkin, which is comforting.