CORPORATE LINE: You only get one shot at greatness, and if that one chance slips through your fingers, it’s game over. Or is it? After years of retirement from pro sports, Stan Ross is about to discover that there are such things as second chances – in sports, in love, in life – but first, you’ve got to undo the mistakes that fouled you up the first time around.
The signature comic style of Bernie Mac comes to the fore in his first leading feature film role, starring as Stan Ross in the uplifting comedy MR. 3000. Mac portrays a man who, smack in the middle of his middle-aged retirement, gets a wake-up call that forces him to start all over again, with hilariously humbling, and ultimately unexpected, results. Given a rare opportunity to do things right the second time around, will Stan be able to seize it?
Ten years ago, Stan Ross was a pro ballplayer blessed with one of the sweetest swings – and one of the worst attitudes – in the league. A man with big talent, a bigger mouth and an even bigger ego, he was clearly on his way to becoming a legend. The day he batted his 3,000th hit, assuring him of an eventual place in the Hall of Fame, Ross instantly quit the game, leaving his teammates in the lurch. Never looking back, Ross began his ‘Mr. 3000’ shopping empire, fueling his self-satisfaction solely with that one magical number.
But now, just as Ross is about to be voted at last into the Hall of Fame, an error is discovered: the man who thought he was ‘Mr. 3000,’ is actually . . . ‘Mr. 2,997.’ Three hits shy of the landmark number, Ross has only one choice: get up off the couch, pick up his bat and rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers for the most unlikely comeback sports has ever seen.
Literally going back to first base, Ross has no idea what he’s in for. Out of shape, over the hill and in deep denial, he quickly becomes a joke to the press, the bane of his teammates and a juicy story to Mo Simmons (Angela Bassett), the tough-minded reporter who once had a memorable fling with Ross back in the day.
But just as Ross thinks it’s all about the numbers, he finally begins to see what really counts. Soon, the cocky, self-absorbed, ego machine is trying a different tactic: discovering the fun of teamwork, ethics and even falling in love…as he learns the difference between a successful life and a meaningful one.
Starring Bernie Mac, MR. 3000 is directed by Charles Stone III (“Drumline”) from a screenplay by Eric Champnella & Keith Mitchell and Howard Michael Gould and a story by Eric Champnella & Keith Mitchell. The film is produced by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Maggie Wilde and the executive producers are Jonathan Glickman, Frank Marshall, Steven Greener and Timothy M. Bourne. Co-Producer is Derek Evans. The film co-stars Paul Sorvino, Chris Noth, Michael Rispoli, Brian White and Angela Bassett.
THE FILM: Don’t go if you’re expecting “Field of Dreams.” This isn’t as much a sports film as it is a vehicle for Bernie Mac to make us laugh. The dialogue isn’t great—if anything its saved by Mac’s constant and hilarious delivery. If the movie featured anyone other than Bernie Mac it’d have been a catastrophe.
FRANKLY: Mr. 3000 is forgettable and yet fun. It’s good for an evening out for a good laugh. Mac need not be ashamed since it’s his singular performance that carries Mr. 3000. If you want a sports film rent. If you want a comedy that hits a double it’s Mr. 3000.
+ Charlie Craine