Mr. 3000
PG-13
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -2

In this sports comedy, baseball superstar Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) has one of the sweetest swings and also one of the worst attitudes in professional sports. After he accomplishes the rare 3,000 base hits, he immediately retires from the game to cash in on endorsements and enter the lucrative business world. By doing so, he leaves his team in a bind. To promote his success, he coins the nickname Mr. 3000 and seeks admission into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ten years later, as the baseball league is considering Stan for admittance into the Hall of Fame, they realize that a mistake has been made in tabulating Stans statistics. Mr. 3000 is actually Mr. 2997, so Stan decides to get himself back in shape and return to professional baseball to get the last three hits to earn his place in history.

Stan Ross is a self-absorbed, egotistical, stubborn motormouth seeking to define his entire career by setting the 3,000-hit record. While Stan takes advantage of a second chance to do the right thing, Mr. 3000 strikes out in the wholesome entertainment category. Stan sets a record of sorts in his use of offensive language and crude humor. While this film has all indications that it will be a Disney-like feel-good movie, Mr. 3000 uses more than 65 crude and obscene words. Stan even spends time helping a Japanese ballplayer to learn how to curse. Stan boasts that he had sex with many young women and tells USPN sports reporter Mo Simm (Angela Bassett), of all the women that I have slept with, sex with you was always the best. The sexual content, vulgar dialog, excessive offensive language and brief rear nudity corrupts any worthwhile message that the film tries to impart, leaving Preview no choice but to cry foul!

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
Distributor: Touchstone

Summary
Crude Language: Many (50+) times mild (hell 10, damn 14); moderate (butt 1); strong (-ss 23, b-tch 4, SOB 3)
Obscene Language: Many (15) times moderate (p-ss 1, cr-p 3, s-ck 3); strong (s-word 3, d-ck 1, pr-ck 2, BS 2)
Profanity: Once moderate (G 1)
Violence: Several times mild (shoving between ballplayers, a little yelling between umpire and team manager); moderate (man hits another man in the head with a baseball, man hits another man in the groin with a baseball)
Sexual Intercourse: Few times mild (man and woman lie in bed together snuggling implying that they had been intimate during the night); moderate (unmarried man and woman on top of each other in bed under the covers)
Nudity: Several times mild (woman shown in bra and panties, womans cleavage is prominent); moderate (men in the locker room wearing towels only, mans uncovered buttocks while draping a blanket around his waist)
Homosexual Conduct: Few times moderate (sports mascot needs help with his pants zipper and asks another man will you give me a hand, two men often tell each other I love you and then the other man says No, I love you more, after being turned down by a woman, one man asks his best friend if he will marry him)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times mild (discussion about previous sexual experiences between unmarried man and woman, innuendo in Get your vibrations from that special someone, get a beeper, innuendo when man is encouraged to be a spokesman for Viagra stating I can still swing my bat); strong (the use of sexually colorful words are used to bring laughter as well as used to bring insult)
Drug Abuse: Several times mild (beer, hard liquor, smoking)
Other: None
Running Time: 104 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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