Rated: R for language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: March 30, 1994 Released by: Warner Brothers
When the first 10 minutes of a sequel review the first film you know there's not much there.
The old gang is back with the Cleveland Indians and his time they want to go beyond the American League playoffs. A new catcher who can't throw unless he thinks of ladies underwear and a Japanese outfielder (Takaaki Ishibaski) are added to the old team. Of course, Jake Taylor (Tome Berenger) is back and limping and Rick Vaughn Wild Thing (Charlie Sheen), has changed to a cautious, play if safe investor-type.
The team is in trouble this time because they play if safe. The old spark is missing and the fans know it. The script is also dead compared to the sparkling tension of the first film.
This is a good time to open a baseball film since the baseball season is just underway and should draw some interest. I suspect in Cleveland this may be the only way the home crowd can see the Indians get to a World Series unless they're old enough to remember 1954 when the Giants beat Cleveland in the Series in real life.
One bright spot is Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker) as the long suffering team announcer and play-by-play man who bounces his style of comedy off his silent color announcer. It is also hard not to get involved when Wild Thing returns to his film one role. Even the disheartened fans come alive for that event.
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