Joe Posnaski, Major League Baseball columnist, and Mike Schur, co-creator of Parks and Recreation) co-host a podcast called PosCast. They recently had Parks and Recreation actor, Nick Offerman, on the show to discuss the film Field of Dreams.
Offerman joined into Posnaski and Schur’s conversation during the podcast’s “sports movie time” section.
Once the subject was announced, Offerman sighed,
“Here comes a can of worms.”
The sports movie at hand, as you can probably guess, was Field of Dreams.
Posnaski posed the following question to Offerman.
“Did Moonlight Graham get his wish?
Before Offerman even began answering the question, he made his opinions about the movie clear.
“Ok, I’m gonna try to nutshell this as best I can. I’ve got some things to get off my chest…
“This movie is bananas…
“I made a quick list of just absolutely ridiculous things about this film”
Ted Berg from USA Today compiled an excerpt of all of the things Offerman found ludicrous about the film.
“I made a quick list of just absolutely ridiculous things about this film. First of all, Kevin Costner is ostensibly an Iowa farmer. He wears no belt. There are so many glaring reality and continuity issues here.
The first time he hears the voice, he’s out wandering in a shoulder-high cornfield, in the middle of the field, with a shovel — just wandering through the field with a shovel, which makes absolutely no sense. Then he goes to the seed store, where he asks some of the older farmers if they had heard voices in the cornfield. They look at him like he’s crazy, and he just buys one bag of corn seed at harvest time. I’ll let you do the math on that.
Then, Shoeless Joe shows up out on the ballfield, and Kevin Coster runs out. Fortunately, a dozen — at least — baseball bats and a huge bag of baseballs are sitting out by the unprotected backstop, so that if it were to be a dewy evening, let alone if, God forbid, it rained, all of the equipment would be ruined. Shoeless Joe asks him to pitch to him, he’s got enough bats and balls to field two college teams, yet he takes the mound with no mitt. No mitt? You put in lights in your cornfield and you have no mitt?…
Finally, the whole plot is predicated on the fact that this crazy farmer had this vision, plowed under a bunch of his corn to build a baseball field in his cornfield. And everybody says, ‘you’re crazy, you’re hearing voices, what’s the matter with you? You’re plowing under your cash crop? You’re going to lose your farm.’
I based my math on the dimensions of Wrigley Field, and determined — being generous to the filmmakers — the baseball diamond would encompass two acres. The average size of an Iowa corn farm is 345 acres. It’s absolutely ridiculous that it would have any impact on his profits to the point where they’d lose the farm.“
The internet cannot stop laughing at how accurate Offerman’s critique was.
@Nick_Offerman's shameless take-down of Field of Dreams was somehow simultaneously heartbreaking and also the funniest thing I've ever heard.
— Boaz Levy (@boaz_levy) August 27, 2018
Um, holy sh!t?
— Graig Kreindler (@GraigKreindler) August 28, 2018
— Ben ⚽️ (@bwiele87) August 28, 2018
— Stephen Silver (@StephenSilver) August 28, 2018
— Julie Tracy (@TrJulie90) August 28, 2018
To hear @Nick_Offerman identify the “glaring reality and continuity issues” with “Field of Dreams” — mostly with how un-farmer-like Costner is — (starting around 34m mark) brings my heart joy. ESPECIALLY the corn math I identified in my review last year. https://t.co/9R3bR0Aacg
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) August 27, 2018
I’m not one for hyperbole, but @Nick_Offerman breaking down Field of Dreams is the greatest piece of internet radio history and should be preserved in the Library of Congress as an official addendum to the movie’s National Film Registry entry. https://t.co/Zks6iEZIts
— Lonnie Hudson Smith (@MrLonnieSmith) August 28, 2018
Stop what you are doing and listen to Nick Offerman’s five-minute “list of grievances” with the movie, Field of Dreams. (Tirade begins at around the 35-minute mark.) https://t.co/cy5LMFHIhH
— Eric Zuckerman (@EricZuck) August 27, 2018
— Paul Allen Riggs (@revriggs1) August 27, 2018
Hearing @Nick_Offerman break down the farming related plot holes in Field of Dreams made my day.
— Steve Merkel (@stevenjmerkel) August 27, 2018
Now, I can’t decide if I want to watch Field of Dreams or destroy every copy I see.