So, how do you sell a movie about statistical analysis and the evaluation and acquisition of talent by underperforming small-market baseball organizations? First, you put Brad Pitt in as many scenes as you can. (Of course, adding a sweet young daughter can rope in the gals.) Second, punch up the comedy—let audiences know baseball can be funny. (Gotta love the economy of Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin’s script. The soda machine scene — with its “Welcome to Oakland” observation — tells you everything you need to know about the cash-strapped team.) And last, sell the underdog story (without tipping your hand as to how the movie plays out). See? Easy!
MEMORABLE IMAGE: A bunch of (mostly) old men sitting in a room, making important decisions. Just like in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy — though this (thankfully) is where the similarities end.
MEMORABLE LINE: “Who’s Fabio?”
MUSIC USED: “Howlin’ for You,” The Black Keys / “The Mighty Rio Grande,” This Will Destroy You
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