Magazine article The Christian Century

Moneyball

Magazine article The Christian Century

Moneyball

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Moneyball

Directed by Bennett Hiller

Starrin9 Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Moneyball has a slick, entertaining script by two pros, Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian, and it's briskly directed by Bennett Miller. Culled from Michael Lewis's book of the same name, it tells the story of the efforts by general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) to sculpt the Oakland Athletics into a winning baseball team in the face of opponents (especially the Yankees) with the financial clout to steal away the best players. Beane's inspiration is a statistics-based philosophy developed by Bill James; Jonah Hill plays Peter Brand, the young economics major from Yale who turns Beane on to James's methods. The movie wrestles with a number of elements. Chief among them is Beane's struggle against colleagues, most significantly manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in a wry, understated performance), who are more comfortable with the orthodox approaches to shaping a ball club, which Beane and Brand argue no longer work in a system where money rules. …

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