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A 2011 movie directed by Bennett Miller.

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'Moneyball' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Says This Hits A Home Run (Video)

  • Sep 22, 2011
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+5

First thing I must say is...I basically know nothing about sports. I do watch the Super Bowl but only for the commercials. That said, I absolutely loved 'Money Ball'. Which goes to prove, that you don't have to be a baseball fan, to think that this film, written by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillan and directed by Bennett Miller, is absolutely wonderful.

Brad Pitt portrays real life Baseball legend, Billy Beanne. I'm sure there are many people out there that have no idea who Mr. Beanne is...I being one of them. But I do now. Beanne, once a promising baseball player, is the General Manager of the Oakland A's. But not just any General Manager.

When 'Moneyball' begins Brad Pitt says...'There are rich teams...There are poor teams...Then there is us'. 

The year is 2002. The Oakland A's has a payroll of 40 million dollars...while the Yankees's payroll is $126 million. More money buys better players. Billy Beanne has to find a competitive advantage when it comes to assembling a winning team.

He doesn't have alot of cash...but what he does have is...Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Harvard graduate with a degree in economics. So what the hell does Peter know about baseball?. Turns out plenty. Brand used statiscal data to analyze the value of a baseball player. He was able to see what the Scouts couldn't...What a player did last year, was not what he'd do the following year.  Sound boring? Trust me...It's not.

Billy Beanne changed the face of baseball. He went against tradition and turned baseball on its ear.

Billy and Peter's relationship is the heart of this film and Brad and Jonah are fantastic together. Sorkin and Zaillan's brilliant dialogue gives 'Moneyball' (based on Michael Lewis's book) its humanity...Making it a movie for sports lovers as well as non sports lovers.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman is almost unrecognizable as the Oakland A's Manager, Art Howe. He totally transforms himself. You think you're watching an old man instead of an actor in his 40's. That's how good he is.

Jonah Hill gives a beautiful, subtle performance and for the first time, I really enjoyed watching him.

As for Brad Pitt, well when Oscar nominations come around, I know his name will be the first one called. That's how excellent his work is in this film.

I gave 'Moneyball' five bagels out of five with everything on them. As for the other half of 'Two Jews On Film', John, well he had a very different opinion. Luckily I get to write the reviews and therefore, I have the last word. If you'd like to know his bagel score, check out our video.

'Moneyball' opens in theaters Friday September 24, 2011. Do not miss this gem.

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
 

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September 23, 2011
I'll have to see the video later, but good review - I gave the full monty! I guess it shows you don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy a well-written story. I do enjoy baseball a lot so I'm sure I'll like it. I still think Robert Redford was the king of baseball movies but we'll see, LOL.
 
September 22, 2011
Happy to see this one got a high score! I will see this film this weekend, and I will come back to comment further once I've seen it. Thanks, Joan!
September 23, 2011
btw, that vid....I like the way you argued your point with John....
September 23, 2011
Thank you. Really appreciate that.
September 23, 2011
although arguing with Joan is not the easiest thing in the world. LOL
September 25, 2011
Ok, I saw it. The story was a little predictable, but I liked the way it was told. Kudos to the script and how it did its best to be simple. I liked the movie quite a bit and enjoyed my time in the theater. I also reviewed it below.....
 
September 22, 2011
I'm so glad you liked it, Joan. My hubby is a HUGE baseball fan and I know I'm going to have to watch this one but, the ads made it look like a good film to catch. I'm glad to know that they weren't wrong ;p Thanks!
September 22, 2011
I think you'll both love it. Can't wait to see what you think. Don't know what John was watching LOL
 
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (ISBN 0-393-05765-8) is a book by Michael Lewis, published in 2003, about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team's analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team, despite Oakland's disadvantaged revenue situation. A film based on the book starring Brad Pitt was released in 2011.
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