Bennett Miller's adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction best seller Moneyball stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, a one-time phenom who flamed out in the big leagues and now works as the GM for the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that's about to lose their three best players to free agency. Because the team isn't in a financial position to spend as much as perennial favorites like the Yankees and the Red Sox, Beane realizes he needs to radically change how he evaluates what players can bring to the squad. After he meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), an Ivy League economics major working as an executive assistant for scouting on another team, Beane realizes he's found the man who understands how to subvert the system of assessing players that's been in place for nearly a century. However, as the duo begin to acquire players that seem too old, injured, or inept to play major-league baseball, they face stiff resistance from both the A's longtime scouts and the team's manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who outright refuses to allow Beane's more-nontraditional acquisitions to play. Moneyball screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.~Perry Seibert
Billy Beane: Re-Inventing the Game
Blooper with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill
Moneyball: Playing the game - a complete behind-the-scenes look at the making of Moneyball
Any true baseball fan will enjoy this from start to finish.
It's a solid inside look into what an underdog team looks like on paper. But with a little confidence, fire, and hardwork, the underdog changes it's color into a winner that believes.
"Moneyball" is a term used to describe the application of statistical methods of analysis to the game of baseball, which may result in adoption of practices counterintuitive to the way baseball has been traditionally played. The movie relates how the use of these practices, which have spread throughout baseball, began in Oakland. Brad Pitt gives an understated but sensitive performance as the Athletics' general manager beset by skepticism among his own staff and a difficult personal life.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Great Sports Flick With Heart
This film is as much about family and heart as it is about baseball and analytics! As good as Brad Pitt is here, and he’s quite good, it’s Jonah Hill is easily steals the show in this one. He is top notch and in rare form, a breath of fresh air from his usual comedic antics. A great film that I highly recommend to anyone, whether you’re a baseball fan or not!
Great insight into the rise of analytics and data in sports...starting with baseball. Must see for MLB fans and interesting to others that have an interest in how data and analytics are changing how professional sports are played.