Moneyball

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Released 2011

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Director:
Bennett Miller
Released:
2011
Rating:
PG-13
Moneyball is a 2011 sports drama directed by Bennett Miller. The film is based on the non-fictional book by Michael Lewis. Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is the manager of the Oakland Athletics, a Major League baseball team. Billy used to be a Major League player himself and watched his career fizzle. This is his chance to lead a team to glory. However, the team has a meager payroll, and Billy despairs of recruiting the right players. Everything changes when Billy meets an unexpected ally: Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an economics major fresh out of Yale. Peter shares his ideas about assessing the value of baseball players. He claims that Billy should consider players' on-base percentages instead of following traditional scouting methods. Ready to try anything, Billy faces the anger of his team, including manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman). He and Peter work together to recruit overlooked but potentially valuable players, building a team that has the whole nation curious about their success. Billy can only hope that Peter is right and that he will finally have a shot at baseball history.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    It's hard to imagine anyone but Mr. Pitt in the role. He's relaxed yet edgy and sometimes unsettling.

  • 100

    Variety

    While a hopelessly awkward-looking Hill provides fish-out-of-water laughs, Pitt gives a genuinely soul-searching performance.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Starring Brad Pitt in top movie star form, it's a film that's impressive and surprising.

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