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drama, sports

Real-life story is based on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who defied conventional wisdom and even his own scouts by fielding a baseball team of castoffs who went on to enjoy one of the most unlikely winning streaks in sports.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
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Fantastic, inspiring baseball drama covers all its bases.

what 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.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. How do you know how far to take an idea or plan that you believe in? Is there a way to know for sure whether an idea is a good one?
  • What is the movie saying about the world of professional baseball? What are the motivations of the owners? What about the managers and players?
  • How does the movie portray technology? Do you think statistics are the best way to find talented athletes? Or are there other factors that coaches should consider?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Although you don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy it, "Moneyball" is one of the best baseball movies imaginable.

- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I'm not a sports fan and I have next to no knowledge or interest in Baseball. I really liked this film though, because what Bennett Miller, and no doubt Michael Lewis did in his book, was actually tap into something beyond just the sport and the passion for it. It's not all about the money either, it's a new way of thinking and not just a challenge of the traditional way of thinking but it's also a statement to the old way of thinking. Put that into another context like religion and you'd kick up quite a lot of controversy. For many, Baseball is a religion, making it for fascinating viewing, especially as it is all a true story. Captivating stuff, bravely showing very little Baseball playing footage too.

- SirPant, Monday, May 21, 2012

3 stars

Brad Pitt is great in this smart drama that makes the most of the fact that it is a real story, with no need to turn to Hollywood contrivances or moral lessons - and it has its best moments when showing the offstage of baseball and discussing statistical strategies.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, May 5, 2012

4 stars

I'm not into baseball but this is much more than the sport. Billy Beane former baseball player is General Manager of Oakland Athletics. His players get poached and he has very little budget. He employs an economics genius from Yale to help him target players. It is a ruthless game as men get traded like baseball cards. Heart warming, feel good movie. Good cast.

- thmtsang, Saturday, March 24, 2012