Release Date: September 15th, 2006 by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Voices: Rob Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Jake T. Austin, William H. Macy, Mandy Patinkin, Raven-Symoné, Brian Dennehy, Dana Reeve, Cherise Boothe, Ed Helms, Robert Wagner.
Directed by Colin Brady, Daniel St. Pierre and Christopher Reeve.
BASIC PREMISE: Yankee Irving (voice of Austin), a young boy, journeys to Chicago with a baseball (voice of Reiner) to return give back Babe Ruth (voice of Dennehy) his stolen baseball bat (voice of Goldberg).
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Everyone’s Hero has sporadic moments of hilarity and imagination, but, for the most part, it falls flat. The plot works as a drama at first when Yankee’s father, Stanley (voice of Patankin), a maintenance worker at Yankee Stadium, lets his son visit the stadium’s locker room to take a peek at Babe Ruth’s precious baseball bat. The next day, the bat disappears and Stanley’s boss unfairly blames for stealing it and subsequently fires him. He makes it clear that the only way he can get his job back is if the bat were to be returned. Yankee brings home a baseball named Screwie that can talk only to him and, soon enough, they both go on an adventure to find the stolen bat. Despite the voice talents of Whoopi Goldberg and Rob Reiner as the bat and baseball, neither of them provides enough comic relief during the adventure. William H. Macy lends his voice to the scruffy Cubs player who steals the bat. On a technical level, Everyone’s Hero looks decent with lively CGI animation. Unfortunately, the script by co-writers Jeff Hand and Robert Kurtz fails to engage with dull characters, silly action and simply not enough humor to keep adults and children awake and alert for the 90-minute running time. SPIRITUAL VALUE: None, other than the clichéd message that anyone can accomplish what they want if they set their mind to it.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Mostly unimaginative and silly.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 3
IN A NUTSHELL: Lively CG-animation, but dull characters and a mostly unimaginative plot with not enough laughs.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: VHS/DVD
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