The Scout (1994)

KING KONG remade as a baseball comedy!?  Feel-good film stars Albert
Brooks as a veteran scout (for the Yankees) who discovers "the greatest
player he's ever seen" pitching 100mph fastballs in Mexico.  Too bad the
talent (AIRHEADS survivor Brendan Fraiser) needs to play with a shrink
before he can "play ball."

Though the tone veers a little to close to drama at times, the jokes are
strong and the leads are good.  Fraiser's a charm, while Brooks overacts
to the max.  And where did he steal that straw fedora from?  Darren
McGavin?  Walter Matthau?

Cameos include Bob Costas, Tony Bennett, and George Steinbrenner.

Grade: B

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