New movie makes a grand slam on the Grand Strand

The world premiere of "Crackerjack," a new southern comedy narrated and produced by Jeff Foxworthy, took place Thursday night at Grand 14 Theatre at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach.

The movie tells the story of Bill "Crackerjack" Bailey. He's been dating his live-in girlfriend, Sherry, for more than 20 years. Instead of giving her a diamond, he spends all of his time on the baseball diamond.

When Sherry finds out she's pregnant, he has to make the decision whether to accept his fatherhood- something men in his family haven't been able to do in the past- or play ball.

Wesley Murphy, who plays "Crackerjack," has starred in shows such as Nashville, Army Wives and Desperate Housewives.

He said there are a lot of life lessons that come out of the movie.

"It's about manning up. Doing what you're supposed to do in life. And I deal with that. As a matter of fact, I'd say every human being has something that they deal with and they can either travel the road of doing what they need to do or not," Murphy said.

Some of the movie's scenes were shot in Florence, and both of the movie's main actors said Myrtle Beach was the perfect place to hold the premiere.

"It's best beach in the world, 120 golf courses, best campgrounds, so we believe we can get people who appreciate entertainment in here to the movie," Murphy said.

This first-showing red carpet event also raised money for Grand Strand Miracle League, which gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play softball and soccer, just like they do in the movie.

"The mayor got involved, the Chamber of Commerce, Chick-Fil-A, and then partnering with the Grand Strand Miracle League- it's been an incredible experience how the community has really come behind us. I'm excited to see what people think when they see it this week," said Bethany Anne Lind, who plays Sherry in the movie.

"Crackerjack" opens to the public in theatres on September 13.