Hardball

 (2,668)6.41 h 41 min2001X-Ray18+
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.
Directors
Brian Robbins
Starring
Keanu ReevesDiane LaneJohn Hawkes
Genres
DramaSports
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Michael B. JordanJulian Griffith
Studio
SPI International
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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GinzoidReviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A feel good movie.
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I enjoyed this movie a lot. Sometimes it’s just nice to watch a feel good movie and that’s exactly what this is. Often these movies are ignored or given low ratings because they lack all the drama that we normally like to watch. I watched it on demand so so it didn’t cost me the price you would pay in the movie theater . I just sat back on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed it.
12 people found this helpful
drollereReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
formulaic
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did you read the headline? it says "formulaic." this is a word that means "following a formula." for example, the usual female romcom formula that a woman, or the right existential predicament, can turn a sloppy and feckless romantic partner male into a moral hero. where is there a woman who doesn't believe that? well, there's my wife of 30+ years (because she has me to deal with) but other than that ... let's do a poll! ladies! do you think any man can be made into a better human being if you just put him in the right challenging situation? say, a compulsive gambler who is compelled in order to pay off his gamling debts to coach a baseball team of doughtly black kids in disenfranchised economic circumstances? raise your hands if you say "yes"! look at all those hands! ladies, we love you for your infinite confidence that the male half of humanity can be redeemed. now, how many of you ladies found this film enjoyable, watchable, believable, worthy of your time? oh, come on -- any? nobody? really ... nobody?
EstherfanReviewed in the United States on May 10, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lots of good stuff here
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Good film. Underrated. Strives, mostly successfully, for realism in the projects. Good acting by Keanu Reeves. His character is unlikeable at first, and they really avoided making his transformation unbelievable--seemed to happen organically and through circumstances that were quite moving. Interesting the way the film portrays the way the white working class and underworld in the city still think they can look down on the black inhabitants of the projects. They walked a bit of a fine line with some racial stereotypes, as well as some cheesiness, but to my mind stayed mostly on the right side of things. Beautiful speech near the end, and most sports cliches avoided. Recommend; may show to my older kids after warning about the language, valuable reminder that many are not blessed with safe homes or involved and caring adults, and have to overcome many daunting obstacles just to "show up"
17 people found this helpful
happy camperReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Keanu Reeves coaches an all black little league baseball team
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Keanu Reeves is a sports gambler in Chicago that takes a job coaching an all black kids baseball team for $500 a week to pay his sports betting debts .His kids are from the projects and that means it isnt safe to walk home alone .He meets a teacher of theirs ( Diane Ladd ) and starts sharpening up the team when tragedy strikes but life goes on It also shows how some poor teams uniforms are not as good as teams with money . Wonderfully played out and a tear jerker for me and probably for you too...
3 people found this helpful
CatherineReviewed in the United States on July 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Puts out a great message.
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The first time I saw this film, I cried. This is the second time I saw this film and I still cried. Keanu Reeves plays the kind of coach that really believes in his plyers. Even though he had problems of his own, he eventually came to his senses and realized that sometimes you just got to do what you feel. Play the game you love, do the thing you love.
LaQuisha SmithReviewed in the United States on July 26, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie to love
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I remember watching this movie when I was a kid. I cried when G Baby died then I stop watching it because it bothered me due to seeing someone getting killed that young. Years later I saw it on TV again and watched it without crying and more years passed and now I bought it on DVD. It's an powerful story about courage, teamwork, survival, and more. Overall it's an unforgettable movie about these black kids winning a baseball league.
11 people found this helpful
Dolphin GirlReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
DVD didn't work - Twice
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I am really disappointed that the first DVD I received didn't work. So I requested a new DVD. About 45 minutes into the movie it does the same thing - in the exact same place. Stopping, tiling and freezing. So I played another movie just to make sure it was not my DVD player. It is not. This must be a bad batch of DVDs. I want my money refunded.
S RoseReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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Keanu Reeves did a great job in this movie. Our grandson plays baseball so we have been trying to watch as many baseball movies as possible. After we saw it with both grandsons I decided we really needed to get it for their parents. All of us absolutely loved this movie. Very emotional and good.
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