A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
One character throws things around -- and even upends tables -- when he's anxious and frustrated.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A verbal reference to a character enjoying the naughty pastimes of Vegas.
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Language includes a couple of uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "hell," "d--k," "a--hole," "crap," and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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?
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