8 Baseball Movies That Have Zero Understanding of How Baseball Actually Works

Kid In King Arthurs Court

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Baseball season has officially begun! You know who loves baseball? Hollywood. America’s pastime and movies go together like overpriced beers and any MLB ballpark. But for every great baseball movie like Bull Durham, there’s a baseball movie that is clearly made by people who don’t know sh*t about baseball.

So whether you’re routing for your favorite team today or rolling your eyes because you couldn’t care less, we can at least all agree that these movies pack some serious WTF factor. Here are 8 movies that have an incredibly hard time grasping a relatively simple game.

8. BASEketball

In all fairness, they aren’t really trying to get baseball right. Or anything right. This movie is pretty spot-on for the type of dumb games you make up when you’re drunk with your friends.

7. Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch

Remember Bud, the overachieving Golden Retriever that could basically play every sport ever? Not only did he make every other dog’s ability to catch a frisbee or lick its own nether regions look a lot less impressive, but he also never got the memo that a dog could never play in the Major Leagues.

6. Ed

Hollywood really tried making that whole “animals playing sports” thing work in the late ’90s. Ed was not just your average chimp, though. He was apparently the Yoda of baseball, only in ape form. Could a chimp technically learn to play baseball? Sure. Could Matt LeBlanc ever have a hit movie career after this? Nope.

5. Angels in The Outfield

So the premise of this 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name is that some manager is an epic asshole of Lou Piniella proportions (Google the reference, non-baseball fans). Then he starts hallucinating and sees angels on the field who help the California Angels (get it??) win their division over their rival the Chicago White Sox. Only, those two teams aren’t in the same division so that would never happen.

4. Rookie of The Year

It’s a tale as old as time: Kid breaks his arm and his tendons heal too tight, leaving him with a rocket for an arm. He then gets recruited to the Majors instead of going to physical therapy to fix his serious medical condition. Also, is anyone else concerned that Gary Busey played a kid’s idol?

3. Mr. 3000

There’s no sport that’s letting any retired player talk himself back onto his old team after bailing during the playoffs. More so, there is no way a team that sucks that bad is keeping the same manager who has been losing for over a decade.

2. The Scout

There is literally no way ever that anyone is striking out 27 batters with 81 consecutive strikes and still throwing so hard he can knock the catcher down. Harry Potter has a better chance of being real than Brendan Fraser’s phenom in this movie. Even more unrealistic is George Steinbrenner letting any Yankee on the field with hair as long as Steve Nebraska’s was.

1. A Kid In King’s Arthur Court

So apparently Thomas Ian Nicholas is the MVP of bad baseball movies.

For some reason a kid gets sent back to Camelot to play baseball because he plays for a team called the Knights? This movie leaves so many questions, mainly what were the Disney execs smoking when they thought this was a good idea to green light?

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

Tina Weymouth Keyboard
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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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