Bennett Miller's adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction best seller Moneyball stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, a one-time phenom who flamed out in the big leagues and now works as the GM for the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that's about to lose their three best players to free agency. Because the team isn't in a financial position to spend as much as perennial favorites like the Yankees and the Red Sox, Beane realizes he needs to radically change how he evaluates what players can bring to the squad. After he meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an Ivy League economics major working as an executive assistant for scouting on another team, Beane realizes he's found the man who understands how to subvert the system of assessing players that's been in place for nearly a century. However, as the duo begin to acquire players that seem too old, injured, or inept to play major-league baseball, they face stiff resistance from both the A's longtime scouts and the team's manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who outright refuses to allow Beane's more-nontraditional acquisitions to play. Moneyball screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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I wanted to like this movie more, but I just never fell in love with the characters. If you like baseball, this provides an interesting look at team building, trading strategies, the tension between the field guys and the office guys and the differences between ball clubs. Even the soda machine is in play. Maybe this movie is too technical for actors to dramatize in a likeable way.
I thought it was a great look at the other side of baseball. I liked the acting, especially the nerdy Peter Brand paired with the type A, Billy Beane. I liked the old baseball guys, as well as Phil Hoffman, as Art Howe.