The only person who laughed at this movie was Brendan Fraser, who walked away with a cool $1.5 million dollars for a woefully unfunny film. Not to say that the acting was bad, but the direction and the script were anemic and it made this movie a bomb in m
Directors: Michael Ritchie
Producers: Albert S. Ruddy, Andre E. Morgan
Writers: Andrew Bergman, Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson
Features: Anamorphic Widescreen; Audio: English 4.0 Surround, English Stereo; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Featurette Baseball Strike Newscap; Theatrical Trailer; TV Spots
Al Percolo - Albert Brooks
Steve Nebraska - Brendan Fraser
Dr. H. Aaron - Dianne Wiest
The only person who laughed at this movie was Brendan Fraser, who walked away with a cool $1.5 million dollars for a woefully unfunny film. Not to say that the acting was bad, but the direction and the script were anemic and it made this movie a bomb in my opinion. It was surprising that the script was so bad, since Albert Brooks is a funny comedian, but I guess the relatively few funny parts were actually his.
"The Scout" is also lacking in the special features, as it only has a featurette explaining the baseball strike. The TV spots were pretty funny, since they were at the expense of the baseball strike. However, there was nothing spectacular here to entice anyone to give the features a second glance.
The story begins with Al Percolo (Albert Brooks - "Mother"), a washed-up scout for the NY Yankees, trying to find that perfect player that will get him in good graces with the management. He has chosen poorly in his previous outings, and so he is banished to small Mexican villages, where he thinks he has no hope of finding any talent. To Al's amazement, he finds Steve Nebraska (Fraser - "The Mummy"), who can pitch 100+ mph fastballs and hit home runs at will. So Al takes Steve and brings him back to the states, where he gets the Yankees to sign a contract with him.
Unfortunately, Steve is showing some mental instability, so the Yankee management is having him be cleared by a licensed therapist. Dr. H. Aaron (Wiest - "Bullets Over Broadway") does not think Steve should be playing, but Al convinces her that he will bring Steve back continuously to ensure that he gets the necessary treatment. So the doc approves the contract, and Al is in good graces. But will Steve be well enough to play for the first game of the World Series?
I thought the funniest part was how everyone laughed when the Yankee management said that they were going to the World Series. How anachronistic is that? They did get one thing right in this movie, the Yankees will pay anything to buy the perfect team. (Warning: Sarcasm ahead) Oh, and I loved how the writers of this movie thought it would be great to have a few laughs at the expense of poor Mexicans. Like that part where those pathetic Mexicans had a goat playing third base...HA, HA, HA, that was SOOOO funny. And that part with the grubby Mexican eating like a pig the leg of a pig....HA, HA, HA, these writers are killing me. (end of sarcasm)
Oh, and what an irony that a Yankees talent scout would find a great baseball player in a small, dirty Mexican village!! But wait, the player was white, so then it all makes sense, right? Please! I'm not saying that there was racism here, but there was obviously not a realization by the studio that this might NOT be funny at all. Now you can have spoofs about Mexicans that are funny, like "Three Amigos!" But to make a white scout come into a small Mexican village and turn his nose up in disgust is an insult, not comedy. Try harder next time to make a suitable punchline!!
This movie was horrible and a complete waste of talent for Brooks, Wiest, and Fraser. After seeing uplifting films like "Rookie of the Year" and "Sandlot," "The Scout" appears dismal in comparison. The former two had a target audience, but with mass appeal. "The Scout" had no target audience, because even baseball fans would be bored with this movie.
Richard Schickel from TIME supposedly thought that "'The Scout' is the best comedy-fantasy about baseball ever made...." Either Richard Schickel was invented like Sony/Tristar invented their critic, or the studio left off the Conan O' Brian's Triumph ending ".....for me to poop on!!!" If it's true, this person has obviously not seen "Major League."
I would rate "The Scout" half a star out of five, and would warn you to stay away from it. If someone gives this movie to you as a gift, treat them as your enemy, because it was obviously done in malice (unless it was a white elephant gift). Avoid this film like the plague!!!