Moneyball

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Fantastic, inspiring baseball drama covers all its bases.

PG-13 2011 126 minutes

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age 11+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 11+

Based on 39 reviews

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age 11+

Very Entertaining

I am no baseball fan. In fact, I know absolutely nothing about the game at all. However, this movie seemed to romanticize it so much, I almost wanted to pick up a mitt after the film. The plot is very nice and the story is heartfelt. I don't remember the last time I liked a sports movie, but this on does everything right. And add to that the fact that Brad Pitt is the lead actor. You've got yourself a hit!What's also nice is that it is a suitable movie for preteens too with its low language level. I would highly recommend this movie, even to non-baseball fans!

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While moneyball is in theory about baseball and the struggles of management associated with it, it presents an underlying theme of the economics and data analysis of the “behind the scenes” aspects of professional baseball. The team in question used “the moneyball theory” which suggests that teams can be just as successful with low budgets by finding innovative ways to beat the market, in this case using statistics to value a player based on their on base percentage. This relates to economics in two ways, the first being the definition of efficiency. Efficiency is described as the greatest output possible with the least input which in the case of this movie relates in a fiscal sense. The “A’s” presented with an unfair market disadvantage as they possessed less capital than other competitors needed a way to portray a similar “output” with less initial “input”. This brings us back to the moneyball theory which allowed the “A’s” to pay players less money (less initial input) despite them sharing a combined similar on base percentage (output) with more bigger name players asking higher salaries. The second way in which this movie relates to economics is in a less direct manner. The underlying theme of the “moneyball theory” is to beat the curve through innovative means, something that can be seen in the modern stock market. The personal in this movie used statistics and data analysis to find “undervalued players” (undervalued stocks) that have a reasonable probability of overall success (profitability). While these ideas may or may not work in practice, particularly within the stock market is a common debate amongst economists and stock market brokers and something that has seen multiples attempts, especially within modern improvements in AI. In summary this movie presented the idea of using statistical analysis to stay of the curve and find undervalued players. While these practices will not remain forever as other entrepreneurs catch on to successful techniques it does allow someone in theory to enjoy a period of great success as they develop a market advantage.

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