2 hours, 5 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for some strong language.
Brad Pitt ...
Jonah Hill ...
Philip Seymour Hoffman ...
Robin Wright ...
Chris Pratt ...
Stephen Bishop ...
Brent Jennings ...
Ken Medlock ...
Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), is the general m
anager of the Oakland A’s, who watches as his cash-strapped
team loses to the New York Yankees in the 2001 playoff
series and his three star players are bought away by richer competitors.
Beane, was a hotshot high school player, but he gave up a Stanford
scholarship to sign with the Mets, only to have a disappointing career that he's hoping to rebuild. But when traditional methods of choosing
players doesn't seem to be working, he hires an Ivy
League numbers-cruncher - Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who’s developed a system for picking players
based on statistics-driven submetrics rather than old-fashioned scouting.
Moneyball is largely about how Beane insists on using Brand’s method,
hiring unlikely players in the
face of stiff opposition from his old-line staff, including manager Art
Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and incredulity from fans and
commentators alike, particularly when his refashioned team takes the field and proceeds
to lose. Of course their fortunes eventually change, and what
happened is a matter of historical record.
Baseball is merely the backdrop to this character study of a
man who’s instrumental in changing the fundamentals not of the game
itself, but of the way it’s managed and Brad Pitt gives one of his best
performances in the lead. The script adroitly adds a subplot about
his domestic disappointments, with Robin Wright in what is essentially a
cameo as his ex-wife and Kerris Dorsey as his daughter, who
exhibits a wisdom beyond her years.
There are also a
number of hilarious sequences where Beane squares off
against the entrenched scouting staff led by Grady Fuson (Ken Medlock). With its smart script by Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List") and Adam Sorkin ("Social Network") and fast paced direction by Bennett Miller ("Capote"), this is a film about faith and risk and the enormous rewards of both, and it is
somehow far more entertaining than you would imagine. It's a real winner.