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For Love of the Game
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Starring: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Rreilly, Jena Malone
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.forloveofthegame.com
Kiddie Movie: Not too young, they might get bored, but bring the older sons & daughters.
Date Movie: She might make you go, but don't put up a fight.
Gratuitous Sex: They kept it fairly clean.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some lines and scenes.
Memorable Scene: Many, but I still can't forget the outfielder missing the catch and getting hit on the top of his head by the ball.
Memorable Quote: The opposing coach to the "up from the minors" pinch-hitter: "Wreck it." and Billy telling Jane when he hurt his hand to call his trainer, "I need him the most right now."
Directed By: Sam Raimi
Produced By: Armyan Bernstein, Amy Robinson

For Love of the Game
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:08 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
A couple of thoughts came to my mind as I was leaving "For Love of the Game." One was that Kelly Preston is still a babe. The other was that Kevin Costner should really stick to romantic movies for the dudettes, maybe throwing in a sports angle if he wants to keep guys happy, and keep away from off the wall futuristic movies. He's a romantic leading man, that's what he is. He should just accept it and take the Robert Redford path he seems meant to lead. And finally, I really, really, really, really had to pee.

Costner plays Billy Chapel, a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. He gets to New York City and in the course of an evening and a morning has a bunch of crappy turns of events. First his girlfriend, Jane (Kelly Preston), stands him up and doesn't meet him for dinner. Then in the morning, after raiding the liquor cabinet, he finds out that the team is being sold and he'll be traded if he doesn't retire. Crappy enough, sure, but then Jane shows up and tells him that she's leaving for England and it's over. Yea, like I'd be in any mood to pitch what might be the last game of my career, but Billy sucks it up and leads us through nine innings of flashbacks of his relationship with Jane as he works towards a no-hitter.

And that spells the format of the movie - the happiness and sadness of his relationship with Jane story for the dudettes, flashbacked during scenes of a pitcher throwing his possible last game heroics for the dudes. And it worked. Yes, it worked for me.

Sure, the romance thing was kind of hokey, and, well, the ending was pretty much obvious from the beginning, but even with that a tear came into my eye a couple of times.

I've heard Costner was upset because the studio supposedly cut his nudity and love scenes to get a PG-13 rating, but you know what, I'm glad they did, although if it was Kelly getting nude, well, maybe I'm not so glad. In any case, in doing so, they made "For Love of the Game" a movie you could take your family to and there aren't many of those these days. The girls will like the love story, the boys will like the baseball, the dad will tear up as Billy works the game, and the mom will cry when Billy realizes where he's meant to be.

Alright, maybe this ruined the movie a little bit, but I still think the endings in this movie are pretty obvious so I don't feel that bad telling you them.

Anyway, I really liked "For Love of the Game." Maybe I'm just a sucker for a happy ending sometimes, or maybe I'm a sucker for liking to see a sports dude overcome adversity, but in any case "For Love of the Game" entertained me and that was worth the price of admission.

It's 4 stars out of 5 for Kevin's latest film, "For Love of the Game," even if I tend to call it "For the Love of the Game" sometimes.

That's it for this one!! I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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