Beat by beat, this is just formula at work. There's nothing that distinguishes this as anything more than a Disney-ified baseball movie. For some, that's fine. I would prefer to have a level of character detail that is above, "cast Jon Hamm and have him act exactly like Don Draper, but drop the alcoholism because that's not Disney appropriate." It's cheesy and predictable, and in the end a little rousing... because that's how ALL of these films are. Is it too much to ask a film to have a little personality of its own?
I hate-watched this a couple weeks back after watching a disastrous Eagles game and it took me until now to finish it. Just atrocious, but that's kind of what I was going for at the time.
That said, there's a reason these two keep getting together in movies. There's chemistry in both THE WEDDING SINGER and 50 FIRST DATES and that hasn't altogether disappeared.
The problem is the script. Most of Sandler's recent films (of the few I've actually subjected…