Off the Black

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Released 2006

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Off the Black

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Director:
James Ponsoldt
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
After his baseball team loses a game due to a call by umpire Ray Cook (Nick Nolte), Dave Tibbel (Trevor Morgan) and some friends decide to vandalize Ray's house. Dave is caught and starts paying off his debt by cleaning up the mess. Then Ray unexpectedly offers to forgive the debt if the teen will accompany him to his 40th high-school reunion and pose as his son. A paternal bond forms between Ray, who is dying, and Dave, whose own father (Timothy Hutton) is emotionally distant.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Off the Black is so much Mr. Nolte's movie that it couldn't exist without him. His character is the latest in a long line of Hemingway-esque ruins, marinated in beer and testostero...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Off the Black is a modest, bittersweet character study that hits its mark.

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    Anchored by a terrific performance from Nick Nolte as a grizzled umpire who gets an unexpected second chance at fatherhood, this easygoing comedy-drama plays out slowly but assured...

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