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From the unveiling of the first trailer for Million Dollar Arm, the movie has set up all sorts of pitch-based comparisons; the most obvious being Jerry Maguire meets Slumdog Millionaire. A down-on-his-luck sports agent (Jon Hamm) convinces a big money investor to support the crazy idea of scouting India’s cricket scene for a major league pitcher.

A contest lands a pair of hopefuls (Suraj Sharma and Madhur Mittal), the scout pitches a bit of woo with his doctor tenant (Lake Bell) and audiences get a feel-good story based on a true scenario from writer Thomas McCarthy (Best Original Screenplay nominee for Up) and director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) that tugs on heartstrings without overplaying its hand. (PG-13) Grade: B