CINEMA: Fast Pitch

Albert Brooks is hilarious in the best baseball comedy ever

"Why don't you just fire me?" asks Al Percolo (Albert Brooks), the downtrodden but game talent hunter in The Scout. "I thought of that," snaps the meanest general manager in baseball history (Lane Smith), "but I like this better." Al is talking about his scouting assignment so deep in the Mexican bush leagues that they play in the rain because it makes sliding easier. There he discovers Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser), a phenom with a fast ball so potent it knocks over the catcher and the umpire. Steve is in dire need of an understanding father figure -- especially after he...

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