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New Movie Review

"Moneyball"

Drama, Biopic and Sports. Rated PG-13. 2 hours, 6 minutes.

Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon/Columbia Pictures

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Columbia Pictures' Moneyball - 2011

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

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This is a true story of Billy Beane, the Oakland A's General Manager, played by Brad Pitt. He competes with teams that are triple salaried than his. He seeks to build the slumping A-s by using statistics from the computer, which is based on how often a player gets on base. It is not based on the traditional way of how well the player hits the ball or how well he pitches.

His team loses 11 games in a row. Billy is frustrated and hates losing so he decides to trade players. He chooses the below average players, paying them with minimal wages, and hopes for the best.

The movie is slow moving and is over 2 hours. It shows flashbacks of when Billy just got out of high school and has to choose between going to college or signing with the baseball pros. He chooses the latter. After becoming a lack-luster player, he moves on to become General Manager.

Using this new strategy, the team finally wins 20 games in a row, so now he is in big demand. In the end the Boston Red Sox offers him to be General Manager for their team.

Moneyball was directed by Bennett Miller. Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian wrote the screenplay. Scenes for the movie were filmed at Fenway Park, Downtown Los Angeles, Oakland Athletics Stadium and California State University Long Beach.

I thought the movie was good but dragged on a bit.

OVERALL RATING: C

 

Photo credit: Columbia Pictures

Moneyball movie poster

 

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