See 'Moneyball' — You Don't Have To Like Either Brad Pitt Or Baseball To Love It!

Fri, September 23, 2011 6:38pm EST by 6 Comments

Hands down, Moneyball is the best movie of the year so far! Here’s why.

Finally, finally a film that’s not a sequel, a super-hero fantasy or a kids’ cartoon. Brad Pitt may be missing a few sensitivity chips personally, but he has plenty as Billy Beane, a failed baseball player turned general manager of the Oakland As baseball team.

The film is based on the real life Beane and his struggles to build a competitive team with a tiny budget compared to big league teams like the Yankees and Mets who keep buying away his most talented players.

It’s a modern day David Goliath story and yes, it’s a real human story, full of risk-taking , determination, persistence, and love of family.

Beane knows he has to break out of the traditional route for baseball team building if the Oakland As are ever to succeed. He can’t win if he abides by the ,same-old, same-old  talent-finding rules that his team of baseball scouts propose AGAIN!

Instead he takes an enormous professional and personal risk when he hires nerdy computer stats geek Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale grad, to put together a whole new Oakland As team from cheap players whose talents have been until now, overlooked.

Naturally, the initial results are disastrous, but Beane is a man who persists because he knows he will NEVER win by sticking to the standard formula.

Brad Pitt, looking worn for wear — which he probably actually loves, is completely believable as Beane, who couldn’t win as a player, but decides he MUST win as the As general manager.

He talks the talk, walks the walk. He’s surrounded by weary, cynical, badly dressed Oakland A baseball scouts and a disbelieving, subversive field manager, Art Howe, played brilliantly by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

But it’s really his Matt & Jeff relationship with stats devotee Peter Brand that is most affectionate and relatable.

In fact, it’s an even better professional collaboration than he had with a certain sexy brunette that led to all kind of fireworks and six kids. This one may actually lead to an Oscar!

Go See it!

— Bonnie Fuller

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Posted at 7:48 PM on October 6, 2014  

Very good article. I am experiencing some of these issues as well..

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Posted at 9:13 AM on September 28, 2011  

I wasn’t a big fan of his acting to begin with but after the comments he made (why???) just gives me another reason not to see this movie.

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Posted at 10:13 PM on September 25, 2011  

You couldn’t pay me to see any of his movies. He’s a jerk. And a jerk
to his ex that he cheated and lied to. What a douce bag.

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Posted at 5:12 PM on September 25, 2011  

Everyone has said things about their ex’s. Everyone. If Brad says something, they blame in on Angelina and the news media blows it out of proportion. You guys have to get a life. Jen’s not a kid in high school and she is not helpless. So what if Brad wasn’t happy with his marriage. No one knew what it was like to be married to Jen unless they walk in Brad’s shoes. They weren’t in his house at night behind close doors. It takes two people to make a marriage work. Stop blaming Brad and Angelina and give them a break. Jen’s poor pitiful me is an act. Some of us are sick of it.

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Posted at 3:04 PM on September 25, 2011  

I agree with you Carol

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Posted at 9:15 PM on September 23, 2011  

After what he said about Jen, I wouldn’t walk across the street to see him or his movie..

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