Parents' Guide to

The Phenom

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Baseball star struggles with fame in sports drama with edge.

Movie NR 2016 88 minutes
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This movie tries to hit a home run, but really it's just stuck on second base. The storyline's trajectory is obvious, the setup is all too familiar, and the climax is nonexistent. It's a pity, as the ensemble is strong, particularly Giamatti and Hawke (Simmons is, sadly, a little inert). The best sports movies make you want to cheer the main character to victory, even if it's not a literal triumph. But The Phenom isn't a natural; in sports parlance, hard training (as represented here by a dark, melancholic plot) doesn't mean great training. And talent only goes a certain distance.

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