Five Real and Not Fake Baseball Films

Poster art from the forthcoming Le Champ Extérieur.

Periodically, the editors of NotGraphs compile a brief list of baseball-related films expected to appear in theaters at some point in the not very distant future. Below are five real and not fake examples of same.


Working Title: Outside Art
Synopsis: A quiet, shoegazing twenty-something dedicates his lunch hour everyday at an art-supply store to the development and perfection of a knuckleball. After a fortuitous encounter with a scout, he signs a contract, eventually has success in the majors, and also makes love to Marion Cotillard. Stars Michael Cera.

Working Title: Imitating Life
Synopsis: A very similar premise, this, to the one above — with the exception that, instead of signing a major-league contract, the quiet and shoegazing twenty-something in this film just returns from all those same lunch hours a little bit sweaty. Also, makes no love whatsoever to Marion Cotillard. Also stars Michael Cera.

Working Title: Le Champ Extérieur (The Outfield)
Synopsis: Baseball returns to Montreal, but with a number of complications, as the club’s eccentric owner — a member of the Quebec sovereignty movement — insists on the construction of a ballpark in the shape of a fleur-de-lis. The result is a playing surface with a 600-foot center field and 220-foot power allies — dimensions which initally escape the attention of Major League Baseball, as they’re expressed by means of the metric system. Marion Cotillard has a brief cameo as stunning beauty Marion Cotillard.

Working Title: Rookie of the Year II
Synopsis: A dark sequel to 1993 film Rookie of the Year. An older and more drunk Henry Rowengartner, intent on returning to baseball, attempts to re-create the schoolyard accident that facilitated his brief major-league career, but instead just hurts his back really bad. Rowengartner becomes addicted to the pain killers he’s prescribed for the injury. Meanwhile, Chet “Rocket” Steadman (Gary Busey) is dying of liver disease and Phil Brickma (Daniel Stern) has begun robbing Chicago-area houses with an irascible partner named Harry (Joe Pesci).

Working Title: Pointlessly Harrowing Lars von Trier Project
Synopsis: Three men board a cargo vessel as stowaways in Agadir, Morocco. Before arriving in the European port which serves as their destination, however, they’re crushed by a palate of Phiten energy necklaces overturned as a result of rough seas. The bodies are unable to be identified, and no one mourns their absurd, meaningless lives and/or deaths.

Image courtesy Craig Robinson.

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10 Responses to “Five Real and Not Fake Baseball Films”

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  1. Well-Beered Englishman says:

    Someone must have just watched The Immigrant.

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  2. Free Bryan LaHair says:

    is it bad that i just googled “Outside Art Marion Cotillard”

    i took this as truth in the beginning. then i scrolled back only to read “Carson Cistulli” in the by-line

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  3. dw8 says:

    Shoegazing as in loving early 90’s space rock? or navel-gazing as in overly self aware/important?

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  4. jcxy says:

    If you’re looking for notes…

    As much as I love Cera, and he’s exactly what the role calls for in “Outside Art”, he’s:
    A. Not a leading man material
    B. Marion Cotillard is far too attractive for him.

    Suggestion: Donald Glover

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  5. Dave P says:

    Rookie of the Year 2 had me crying laughing

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  6. jwise224 says:

    Is the love-making to Marion Cotillard filmed with the obligatory soft lighting and tasteful, yet gratuitous nudity? Asking for a friend…

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  7. Chris K says:

    Cotillard? fleur-de-lis? Morocco? Cistulli?

    This article reeks of Brie de Meaux and surrender. I expect a jingoistically dressed Chris Evans will be along shortly to convert to proper units and cuckold M. Cera accordingly.

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  8. scb says:

    I initially read the last line of synopsis #3 as, “Michael Cera has a brief cameo as stunning beauty Marion Cotillard.” I would happily watch either version.

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