Major League II

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Major League II
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Genre: Sports
Comedy
Directed By: David S. Ward
Produced By: James G. Robinson
David S. Ward
Written By: R.J. Stewart
Tom S. Parker
Jim Jennewein
Starring: Charlie Sheen
Tom Berenger
Corbin Bernsen
Dennis Haysbert
James Gammon
Omar Epps
Eric Bruskotter
Bob Uecker
David Keith
Alison Doody
Michelle Burke
Takaaki Ishibashi
Margaret Whitton
Photography: Color
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 30, 1994
Runtime: 105 minutes
Country: United States
Franchise: Major League
Prequel: Major League
Sequel: Major League III (possibly in development)
Major League: Back to the Minors (Spin-off)


Major League II is a 1994 sports comedy film starring Tom Berenger reprising his role as as Jake Taylor and Charlie Sheen reprising his as Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn. It is a sequel to the 1989 sports comedy Major League. The film spawned a third film titled Major League: Back to the Minors in 1998 which only had four major cast member from the first film and this film returning, which were Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert, Bob Uecker and Steve Yeager.

Plot

Five years after the first film, The Cleveland Indians rise to victory again after defeating the New York Yankees. Unfortunately, the team gets beaten by The Chicago White Sox.

Why It Sucks

  1. It's completely inferior to the first movie. In fact, it was sadly ruined with a horrible execution thus turning the whole movie into a generic comedy sports film.
  2. The story is weak and it's very predictable.
  3. While the first film was rated R. The MPAA chopped it down to a PG rating meaning the adult humor was toned down from the first film.
  4. In addition to WIS#3, the PG-rated humor didn't work at all.
  5. The movie has plot holes:
    • Phelps buys enough of the team from Roger to keep them financially stable. However, since her plot to move the team to Miami was discovered by the team (and apparently the press), she would have been guilty of collusion and forbidden by other MLB owners from having even partial ownership of any team.
    • Jake Taylor becomes a coach when Cleveland keeps Parkman and Baker as the two catchers. However when Parkman's rights are sold to Chicago, a second catcher is never added to the roster, and Baker seems to be the only one on the roster. It would have been sensible to have Taylor become Baker's back-up.
  6. Most of the acting for the newer characters are poor.
  7. Some of the new supporting characters are weak, idiotic, pointless and some of them keep making insensible decisions throughout the entire movie.
  8. Wesley Snipes doesn't return for this film.
  9. Rene Russo's character is reduced to an uncredited one scene cameo

Redeeming Qualities

  1. It's nice to have most of the original cast members return especially Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen. It was also nice of Dennis Haysbert to return as well.
  2. It has a cool soundtrack with sports music that nearly fits the sports movie pretty well.
  3. The sports scenes are fun and exciting.
  4. The characters from the first film return are still likable and funny.
  5. David S. Ward returned to write and direct the film.

Reception

Major League II was panned by critics and audiences. The film currently holds a 5% "rotten" approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 3.3 out of 10. The critic consensus states, "Striking out on every joke, Major League II is a lazy sequel that belongs on the bench." Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a 1.5 out of 4 stars and stated in his review "The humor is so predictable, forced and awkward that the actors sometimes seem like helpless bystanders."

Box Office

Major League II opened up at #1 on its opening weekend making a domestic gross of $7,040,777. The film's total domestic gross was $30,626,182. The foreign box office gross isn't available. The film had a budget of $25 million.

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