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In 2001, General Manager Billy Beane’s (Brad Pitt) Oakland A’s lose to the New York Yankees in the ALCS playoffs then lose three stars (Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi & Jason Isringhausen) to free agency. Now it’s the spring of 2002 and Billy Beane has to field a competitive team when theOakland A’s player salaries total less than a third of the richer teams. To the dismay of his scouts, Beane hires and listens to Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a recent Yale grad who evaluates players using Bill James’ statistical approach. Beane assembles a team of no names who, on paper, can get on base and score runs. However, Beane’s team manager, Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), won’t use the players as Beane wants. Beane cleans house again and Art Howe is forced to play Beane’s hand. The Oakland A’s turn their season around and win an American League MLB record 20 consecutive games. They win the AL Pennant and Beane is vindicated, showing all his doubters that his brand of baseball does work.
I really enjoyed this film. I wasn’t aware of the Oakland A’s managing situation back in 2002. I guess since I was a Toronto Blue Jays fan, my main focus at this time was watching Roy Halladay mow down his opposing batters and Carlos Delgado swatting homer after homer. Brad Pitt gave an excellent performance. He reminded me of Robert Redford in this film, maybe it was his new shaggy haircut rather than the brush cut he normally has. Jonah Hill was also very funny in his role as the fictional Peter Brand character. This movie was Jonah’s pre-slim days. You can see a much skinner version of Jonah Hill in the upcoming 21 Jump Street remake film.
Overall, I’d give this movie a 7/10 stars. Check it out for some great baseball history and footage. Happy Viewing
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