Moneyball


Bottom Line:
This excellent movie holds your attention even if you’re not a baseball fan because it’s about innovation and passion.

The Gist: Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is the manager of the Oakland A’s, a losing team. But when he starts applying economic algorithms to his choice of lineup, instead of old-fashioned gut-based talent scouting, the team starts winning. It’s either the best thing or worst thing to happen to baseball since Babe Ruth. Based on the bestselling book and a true story. This film has Oscar buzz for Pitt.

The Verdict: Watch it. Wonderfully written and acted, the movie has some poignant family moments but comes down to a guy willing to go the extra mile to win. At baseball and at life.

Be Aware: Rated PG-13 for some strong language. No sexual content or other inappropriate content. A fine family film for older kids.

About Rebecca Cusey

Rebecca is a lead critic and editor of entertainment at Patheos. Follow her on Twitter @Rebecca_Cusey

  • Trista

    Saw this movie last night. It was just as you say…a great movie even for the non baseball fan.

    There was very little “strong language.” It seemed like they put it in there just to get the PG-13 rating…not that it’s really a hopeful, kid movie. Maybe that was the point.

    • Rebecca Cusey

      I’m so glad you liked it. I thought it was pretty clean and quietly profound about family life, not the focus, but what was there was well done. I don’t think it’s a movie kids would be interested in watching, unless, maybe, they’re huge baseball fans. I think they’d be bored, which is ok. We need movies for grown ups. Teens might like it and I think it’s entirely appropriate for teens.

      Thanks for letting us know your reaction!


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