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TIFF11: "Moneyball" is Like a Home Run by Barry Bonds Playing Tee-Ball

By Christopher Campbell | Spout September 17, 2011 at 8:29AM

Near the end of "Moneyball," I realized that I hadn’t scribbled down many notes about the film. This is perhaps a testament to how captivating the story is, or at least the way screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian and director Bennett Miller tell it. But my lack of active engagement is also fitting to the apparent message of the movie, which tells us to just enjoy the show.
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Near the end of "Moneyball," I realized that I hadn’t scribbled down many notes about the film. This is perhaps a testament to how captivating the story is, or at least the way screenwriters Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian and director Bennett Miller tell it. But my lack of active engagement is also fitting to the apparent message of the movie, which tells us to just enjoy the show.

Well, literally this is the message of a 2008 Lenka song that’s covered in the movie by child actress Kerris Dorsey, who plays the 12-year-old daughter of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt). It’s a pretty prominent tune -- I think the girl is actually supposed to have penned it herself -- and also much of the movie is intently straightforward. Even metaphors are directly stated as being such.

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