Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Fantastic, inspiring baseball drama covers all its bases.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 126 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 36 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie has a pretty inspiring central message: Commit to a course, and don't let anyone shake you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Billy is guided by an inner compass that he trusts, and he's willing to put his faith in a system because he believes in the employee who devised it. He's also a visionary, finding a way to remake a game that's been played the same way for decades.


One character throws things around -- and even upends tables -- when he's anxious and frustrated.


A verbal reference to a character enjoying the naughty pastimes of Vegas.


Language includes a couple of uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "hell," "d--k," "a--hole," "crap," and "damn."


Lots of logos/labels on T-shirts, sporting equipment, and the like: Puma, MetRX, Clif, Gap, Gatorade, Rawlings, Pepsi, Oracle, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking in social situations. A few times, a character nurses a drink alone. References to how one character loves Vegas and got drunk there.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this inspiring, intelligent film based on Michael Lewis' bestselling non-fiction book stars Brad Pitt as a professional baseball manager who tries to reinvent the art of recruiting players. It's an incisive look at the classic game that -- thanks to pretty tame content aside from some swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), social drinking, and references to Las Vegas -- is age-appropriate for older tween sports movie fans and up. Plus, it has a strongly positive message about committing to a course of action and seeing it through no matter what.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChris_Feher May 6, 2020

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... Continue reading
Adult Written byclanda January 21, 2019


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 analys... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCool Kidz. February 27, 2021

Good but can bore.

The ending was a little emotional, but the movie overall was good. Yes, the whole topic can be found boring for kids, or people who don't enjoy watching ba... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysonofsuperman07 November 10, 2020

One of the best sports movies in the industry!!

Normally I am not a fan of sports dramas. but this movie is AMAZING! it says the F-word one time though. a couple of S-words here and there but other then that,... Continue reading

What's the story?

Based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Michael Lewis, MONEYBALL tells the story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the Oakland A's general manager and once-promising professional ball player who refashioned baseball by trusting statistical analysis as much as, if not more than, traditional recruitment methods. He makes this bold and controversial move with the help of a twentysomething Yale-educated statistics expert, Peter (Jonah Hill) -- and encounters plenty of loud critics. Even the coach (Philip Seymour Hoffman) isn't on board. But with larger, deeper-pocketed clubs like the Yankees able to poach the biggest talents from the A's and elsewhere, there aren't that many other alternatives for finding untapped, affordable talent. Can Beane swing for the fences?

Is it any good?

Except for a final scene that verges on maudlin (but is admittedly still quite sweet), Moneyball is pretty much a perfect baseball movie. It emulates the sport it centers on in its unexpected rhythms -- taking its time to reveal the plot in some stretches, rapidly picking up the pace and tension, bases loaded-style, in others -- and reminds us why the game is so beloved. There's little gimmickry here, just confident storytelling and a script that ekes out the dramatic arc in Beane's trailblazing approach and turns it into great material.


Pitt is as good as he gets here, and that's very good. Like a star athlete, he knows precisely when to hold back and when to go for it. It's a grand slam of a performance. Ditto Hill, who abandons his stoner persona and turns in a convincing portrayal of an economics major who finds his place in baseball. Moneyball succeeds because it doesn't relegate its biggest moments to the action on the field -- we've seen that before -- but focuses instead on a quiet revolution that remade America's pastime. Who knew statistics could be this cinematically engrossing?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. How do you know how far to take an idea or plan that you believe in? Is there a way to know for sure whether an idea is a good one?

  • What is the movie saying about the world of professional baseball? What are the motivations of the owners? What about the managers and players?

  • How does the movie portray technology? Do you think statistics are the best way to find talented athletes? Or are there other factors that coaches should consider?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love baseball

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