Moneyball
PG-13
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +2

Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Sports biopic. Written by Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian. Directed by Bennett Miller.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Based on the true story of Billy Beane Ė once a would-be baseball superstar who turned his fiercely competitive nature to management. Heading into the 2002 season, Billy faces a dismal situation: his small-market Oakland A's have lost their star players (again) to big market clubs (and their enormous salaries) and is left to rebuild his team and compete with a third of their payroll. Driven to win, Billy takes on the system by challenging the fundamental tenants of the game. He looks outside of baseball, to the dismissed theories of Bill James, and hires Peter Brand, a brainy, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist. Together they take on conventional wisdom with a willingness to reexamine everything and armed with computer driven statistical analysis long ignored by the baseball establishment.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Itís just what we have come to expect from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Charlie Wilsonís War, The Rock, A Few Good Men), perceptive writing thatís also witty and absorbing. Director Bennett Miller (Capote) uses every element at a directorís disposal to hold our attention while he takes his time to tell his story. And the cast is superb, with special kudos to Brad Pitt, who though he seems to channel Robert Redford in appearance, style and mannerisms, proves he is more than a handsome movie star. The guy is a very good actor. (I hope I look that good when Iím his age.)

Fascinating, funny, and moving, Moneyball is truly one of the best films of the year.

(BTW: thatís a joke above Ė Iím 11 years older than Mr. Pitt and on my best day I never, well, Iím sure you get the idea.)

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Sony Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: A couple of minor crudities.
Obscene Language: Around 10 obscenities, mostly the s-word.
Profanity: I caught no misuse of Godís name Ė thank you Mr. Sorkin.
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Social drinking upon occasion.
Other: One of the teammates is portrayed as a sincere Bible-reading Christian Ė his character is never mocked. Again, thank you Mr. Sorkin.
Running Time: 128 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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