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Directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden shoot some excellent baseball action footage, including a magnificent shot that begins with Miguel on the pitcher's mound in silent prayer, then gradually opening to the fullness and energy of a ballpark just before an opening pitch. The story, however, is just as much about not playing baseball, about discovering life after old goals are more or less within reach. Throughout Miguel's highs and lows, we see him adapt, in dozens of small ways, to a new country--turning American, really. Sugar's final act unexpectedly shifts the action to a very different but logical locale. There, we witness Miguel making a different set of choices than the ones he always thought he wanted--becoming a whole person, with losses as well as gains, in the process. --Tom Keogh
Stills from Sugar (Click for larger image)
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Upon traveling to Iowa, however, he soon realizes all fields are not made of dreams.
They show us that the sports world is a cruel and corrupt business that is less about fulfilling dreams, and more about exploiting youth.
When the movie ends, I think it helps one learn so much about so many people you never hear about on the sports page.
This movie actually surpassed my expectations. It was suggested to me by a friend but I do believe I read too many reviews as I sought out the blu ray disc and actually considered... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C
It has a good storyline, but it was a little slow-moving, and the ending was a little disappointing.Published 5 months ago by Donna Buzdygon
Good Movie. My grandson was assigned to watch this movie for his Spanish Class. The entire family enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Crazy at the Beach
The story itself wasn't that bad, but the language, alcohol and sexual content was just more than I think should be seen in jr. high or high school. Read morePublished 7 months ago by marcia fohey
A movie beyond baseball. This movie gives you a good prospective of an immigrant making it in foreign land . A must see ...Published 7 months ago by Saba Fletcher
This movie is a good example of how America's game of baseball is becoming an essential part of everyday life in other countries especially Latin America.Published 14 months ago by Wes Marcum
I enjoyed this movie. Although slow at times.
Most of the baseball movies start out with the young kids in the poor neighborhoods NYC, Boston, etc. Read more
Through the whole movie you're waiting for the main character to sprout and start shining, but it never happens. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Aaron A. Preble