Saturday, September 2, 2017

Movie Review: Major League 2

Major League 2
Warner Bros., Morgan Creek Productions, USA, 1994.

Oh boy, oh boy oh boy! (in Donald Duck's voice) I visited a thrift store and managed to find the Major League-film that was missing from my collection.

After the events of first film, the Indians-team has been sold to Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen). Old star players voodooman Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert), Willie Mays Hayes (Omar Epps replacing first movie's Wesley Snipes), Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) and Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) are still in the game. New additions to the team are Jake's nemesis Jack Parkman (David Keith) and rookie Rube Baker (Eric Bruskotter). However success has gone to the heads of  the old players. Cerrano found peace & love and is now free from anger (sissy), which is not good for the game. The fighting spirit is gone and money, PR-events and acting careers are more important than the game. Jake is past his prime as a professional player, but has to try a career as a coach when old coach Lou (James Gammon) goes to hospital. 
Tom Berenger
Dennis Haysbert
Omar Epps and Jesse Ventura in Black Hammer & White Lightning
Willie in action movie with Jesse Ventura. I'd watch this.
There are only two months to get the game going, before Dorn is forced to sell the team. Hiroshi "Kamikaze" Tanaka (Takaaki Ishibashi) tries to teach Samurai spirit to Cerrano. Vaughn has a new calculating manager/lady friend Rebecca (Alison Doody, known for "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade") but nice social worker Nikki (Michelle Burke) from his past appears. If the first movie had a romantic side plot with Jake and Lynn, this time Vaughn's love life is in the spotlight. Former juvenile delinquent Vaighn tried to mend his ways but in the process he became dull. How to get his game together, that is the problem.
Takaaki Ishibashi
Eric Bruskotter
Five years have passed since the prequel (about on year in Major League's timeline) but otherwise the passing of time is not noticeable except some actors look older. It is a nice sequel and the fans of the first film shouldn't be too disappointed although the story is a tamer variation of first movie's story about ups and downs of the Indians. The humour is quite faithful to the first movie and also it was good that most of the actors of the first film reprised their roles.  Rube Baker was a funny character with his scatterbrain anecdotes. His quotes are pure gold. "When a man's lights are about to go out the fat lady can't sing if it's not over!"
Charlie Sheen
Alison Doody
Michelle Burke
Drunk announcer Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker) appears again. Randy Quaid has a cameo role as disgruntled Indians fan and Rene Russo quickly appears as Lynn.
Bob Uecker
Harry Doyle
Randy Quaid
Unhappy Indians fan

Rating: Good

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert, James Gammon, Omar Epps, Eric Bruskotter, Takaaki Ishibashi, Alison Doody, Michelle Burke, David Keith, Margaret Whitton, Bob Uecker, Steve Yeager, Kevin Hickey, Skip Griparis, Kevin Crowley, Bill Leff, Michael Mundra, Courtney Pee, Farajii Rasulallah, Edward Woodson, Ted Duncan, Marie-Louise White, Saige Spinney, Michael Willis, Jason Kravits, Alan Wade, Keith Johnson, Jay Leno, Susan Duvall, Ron Meadows Jr., Jesse Ventura, Keith Uchima, Kurt Uchima, Richard Salamanca, Harold Surratt, Daniel O'Donnell, Richard Schiff, Louis Turenne, Patrick Robert Smith, Dan Kilday, Barry Cochran, William Reuter, Ken Medlock, Michael Stone Forrest, David Boswell, Skip Apple, Bob Roesner, Stefan Aleksander, Dick Stilwell, David Sherrill, J. Michael Sarbaugh, Jeff Sheaffer, Tom Quinn, John Milisitz, Jim Dedrick, Bobb Hopkins, Bobby Joe Brown, Wayne Crist, Julia Miller, Ashton Smith, Rene Russo, Randy Quaid
Director:  David S. Ward


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