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Hardball
Hardball
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Bryan Hearne, Julian Griffith
Director: Brian Robbins
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2002     1hr 46min

An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.
     
     

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Actors: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Bryan Hearne, Julian Griffith
Director: Brian Robbins
Creators: Brian Robbins, Erwin Stoff, Herb Gains, Kevin McCormick, Michael Tollin, Daniel Coyle, John Gatins
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/19/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 46min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 21
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Robert M. from DURAND, IL
Reviewed on 1/29/2014...
Was a good sports movie. It shows sometime sports is the only way out for kids in cities like Chicago, New York and that's sad.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Karen A. from TWIN FALLS, ID
Reviewed on 11/26/2013...
Leaves you with a good, positive feeling about life and people. Keanu Reeves does a remarkable acting job with his part, and of course Diane Lane is beautiful and feminine as ever...good movie for young boys moving toward manhood.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah F. (keanupattinson) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Reviewed on 7/24/2009...
I enjoyed this movie, I mean I liked it a lot. Sure it's full of cliches but it had a good story and I loved the interaction between Keanu Reeves & all the kids. I liked this movie.
5 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Great film
09/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great film, and a nice departure for Keanu from his usual role as action superheroe. While I enjoyed him in "The Matrix," we find him at his best in "Hardball." As a gambler/drunk who gets turned aroud by coaching a kid's baseball team, Reeves is surprisingly believable, and manages to show the change in his character in a non-formulamatic way. It's nice to finally see a realistic view of inner-city kids. The language is rough throughout the movie, especially on the baseball field, but that's what makes it realistic. Also, great job by the child actors on Keanu's team. They pull of the really touching moments, and you find yourself not really minding their rough language, as they are a very likeable group of boys. For adults, I highly reccomend it. However WARNING: THIS IS NOT THE BAD NEWS BEARS. It's a drama about inner-city kids, not a nice little comedy. Please don't take your very young kid to see it expecting a nice little movie. It's not a kid's movie. Older kids and adults should enjoy baseball at it's best in "Hardball.""
Healing American Story
Robert Kall | Newtown, PA | 09/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great story which will make you feel good, especially after the WTC tragedy. I struggled over whether to go to a movie this weekend, just days after the WTC tragedy. This movie was a great respite from constant news of the tragedy. It is so all-American, telling of a flawed human presented with the challenge and opportunity to make a difference. He starts off coaching an inner city team of little leaguers for the wrong reasons, but finally sees the light.This is one example of how plugging in the usual formulas produces positive, predictable results. It just about perfectly fits the Joseph Campbell/ Chris Vogler Hero's Journey (see Writer's Journey) It does a beautiful job of taking Keanu Reeves' role through a character arc demonstrating personal growth. It has just enough sweet romance. It's a shame that this movie was scheduled to be released on a weekend when not many people are going to movies. But it is a movie that Americans could use seeing. We Americans are so like the main character-- flawed, often selfish, weak-- yet we as a nation, as a people, can pull together and do the right thing. That's the movie's message. Enjoy it. Bring your kid to see it. There is some foul language, but nothing my 11 year old hasn't heard on the playground. I must confess that as a Dad of two little leaguers, one who has coached for at least eight years, this movie really got to me, tears and all. But I am not a sports fanatic. I couldn't even tell you who won the last world series. I coached for my kids. The movie is one you'll enjoy even if you are not a sports fan."
"HARDBALL" --EXCELLENT MOVIE - THUMBS UP FOR ME
RUBEN GARZA | TUCSON, AZ USA | 09/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"WHEN I FIRST SAW THE TRAILER IN THE THEATER PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE WERE CRYING JUST FROM THE TRAILER. GREAT ACTING BY EVERYONE ESPECIALY THE KIDS. THE KIDS DID HAVE SOME PRETTY STRONG LANGUAGE, BUT THIS MOVIE WAS BASED ON A TRUE STORY. IT'S GREAT THAT THEY DIDN'T TAKE THE LANGUAGE OUT BECAUSE IT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU HOW THEIR WAY OF LIFE IS. CHILDREN LIVING IN THESE CONDITIONS SEE AND HEAR THIS KIND OF VIOLENCE ON A DAILY BASIS. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS FILM - VERY TOUCHING MOVIE."