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Extra Innings

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Suicide, mental illness, sex in coming-of-age drama.

Movie NR 2019 117 minutes
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Viewers expecting this to be a slice of '60s Boomer nostalgia replete with Motown, paisley, and all the assorted "Great Society" signposts we expect in movies like these are in for a shock. That shock is doubled for those expecting this to be a baseball version of Rudy or Rocky. While, as the title implies, Extra Innings is centered on baseball and one teen's dreams of becoming a baseball player no matter what his conservative parents have to say, baseball isn't really what's important here. It's more a story of how a 1960s family dealt with mental illness, suicide, and the gap between giving up one's dreams for assured stability or following bliss and pursuing one's perceived purpose in life.

Based on a true story, this is an earnest, low-budget indie drama, and the sincerity of those involved in the project is undeniable. Perhaps that's it's biggest problem. It's like the creators want to tell so many stories and communicate so much, it comes across more as a collection of instances or anecdotes rather than a coherent overarching story. And they're so busy trying to get to the next thing (coming home drunk, coming out to conservative parents, drug use, etc...), many of the conflicts created in these situations feel unresolved and unsatisfying. The movie tries to do too much, slowing it down to these uneven collections of stories.

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