S.I.M Rating: 4 out of 10 (1 Votes)
Cast: Brian Wimmer, Bart Johnson, Don Most
A familiar storyline involving a washed-up athlete trying to make a comeback is the focus of The Yankles, a sports comedy with the decidedly UN-familiar premise of an Orthodox Jewish baseball team. The production marks the feature film directorial debut of David R. Brooks, who also co-wrote the script.
Charlie Jones (Brian Wimmer), a former major-leaguer, has succumbed to alcoholism and winds up in prison following a third DUI conviction. Doing community service as part of his sentence, he's given the opportunity to coach an Orthodox theology baseball team. Although his team is woefully lacking in both talent and even the fundamentals, Charlie dives headfirst into the daunting task, and through perseverance and practice, practice, practice, he actually manages to make them competitive.
Wimmer is excellent, lending just the right amount of believability to his role, while Donny Most (Happy Days), Bart Johnson and Kenneth Brown do admirable jobs as cast members.