Hardball

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If you like baseball and movies like The Bad News Bears, you’ll probably enjoy the heartwarming film, Hardball. Conor O’Neill (Keanu Reeves) is a gambler who is in debt to the tune of twelve thousand dollars. He’s on the run from several loan sharks when a friend of his offers to give him five hundred dollars to coach an inner city little league baseball team. He reluctantly agrees and soon finds himself with a group of foul- mouthed inner-city kids. Anyway, I think they were using bad language – I could only understand half of what they were saying. The team starts the season by losing the first game. When they find a new pitcher, somehow the whole team becomes motivated and they begin winning. While not working with the kids (which is only an hour or two a day) he struggles with his gambling problem and also becomes romantically involved with the kids beautiful teacher, Miss. Wilkes (Diane Lane). This movie can make you laugh and cry or make you stan d up and cheer. It does a great job reflecting the problems of the inner city, but there were also big holes in the script. In fact, some were so big even I could see through them. This movie is definitely not a home run, but it’s a triple and I give it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA