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Moneyball

(i)

 

Fantastic, inspiring baseball drama covers all its bases.
Parents recommendPopular with kids
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 126 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

Violence

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

Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY

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?

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:September 23, 2011
DVD/Streaming release date:January 10, 2012
Cast:Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright Penn
Director:Bennett Miller
Studio:Columbia Pictures
Genre:Drama
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:126 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some strong language

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Teen, 15 years old Written byFozzieTheChamp October 21, 2011

Just some language issues

If you have a mature child 11+ then they can handle it, but otherwise stick to the PG-13 rating. The only issue are a few curse words.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovieReviewGuy September 30, 2011

Intriguing Story is Good for 12+

This is an intriguing, entertaining drama that is sure to be loved by most. The movie is full of positive messages, though personally I did not find it as inspiring as some other films (i.e. The Blind Side, Remember the Titans). There is some very mild violence (characters upending tables, smashing bats into benches, etc.) when people become frustrated. There is definitely consumerism, but there always is in sport movies. Also, there is no sex and there is minimal drinking. The main reason for the PG-13 rating is for 2 uses of f-ck, 8 uses of sh-t, and scattered uses of other milder words like a--, a--hole, d--k, d-mn, h-ll, crap, and the like. Good for 12+
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old May 25, 2012

Good true story

Good positive messages and role models especially Billy. Some strong language not too much.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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