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How 'Million Dollar Arm' Shows Kids That Hard Work Pays Off

I don’t want to sound like an old-timer, but it feels like kids don’t appreciate the power of hard work anymore. We live in an era that emphasizes achieving results in the fastest way with the least amount of time and energy. That’s great in theory, of course, but is the effect on this generation that they are looking to get out of work rather than appreciating where that hard work could lead them?  

Million Dollar Arm presents a true story of hard work and incredible reward. Of course, to find two kids willing to do such hard work, we have to leave America. Real-life sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Jon Hamm), on the brink of losing his company, spends his last dime pursuing a radical notion: could he find untapped baseball pitching talent in the arms of Indian cricket bowlers? He creates an American Idol-meets-Major League Baseball reality show to air on Indian TV and combs the country holding auditions for pitchers looking for velocity and accuracy. The winner and the runner-up win a trip to Los Angeles for training and an audition with MLB scouts.

Watch a clip of their tryouts:

The one little problem is that the two 18-year-olds with a “million dollar arm” don’t know a lick about baseball. Baseball diamonds don’t really exist in India – and Rinku and Dinesh have only six months to get from zero to Koufax. To achieve this improbability, Rinku and Dinesh had to really go for it: leave their village and their families for the first time, stay focused, and work incredibly hard.

When the happy conclusion comes, kids will understand achieving goals usually requires hard work. They’ll receive that message in the manner they prefer: relaxing in a cool theater, munching on Junior Mints.

Here are three movies to see with your family this weekend:

Godzilla. The story is much more sophisticated than the old Toho films, but the monster is everything fans could hope for, all without being scary.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. Dorothy goes back to the Emerald City to overthrow the menace to Oz, the Jester. This musical is one of the few animated movies for young children this summer.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Peter Parker realizes that being Spider-Man has consequences, interfering with his relationships with his girlfriend, his friend and his family.

See what kids think about these movies at KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.

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