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Bottom of the 9th

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Likable, low-key baseball drama has violence, language.

Movie R 2019 111 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

best movie ever

it is a little innapropriate it only has about 5 f bombs

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Too much swearing

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This low-key, unhurried baseball drama isn't entirely free of clichés, but thanks to a handful of quietly likable characters and a genuine appreciation for baseball, it has a modest, winning charm. Manganiello could have come across as brutish, but he manages a touching level of realistic pain and uncertainty and becomes quite sympathetic. (He previously showed some of this sweetness on True Blood, in the Magic Mike movies, and in Pee-wee's Big Holiday.) Moreover, his screen chemistry with his real-life wife, Vergara, is powerful, and Rispoli turns in a fine supporting performance.

Director Raymond De Felitta, who specializes in intimate character-driven dramas set in New York, handles Bottom of the 9th's baseball material with respect, and it feels honest, even as it indulges in some familiar baseball-movie chestnuts (especially the climactic game). Bottom of the 9th sinks a bit when it falls back on silly montages, and it doesn't seem to know how to handle the character of Angela's young daughter (she's too malleable, with seemingly no free will), but overall, the movie hits its way home with enjoyable ease.

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