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Yankles

2012

PG-13 CC

An obscure orthodox yeshiva baseball team desperate for a coach gives a down-and-out ex-baseball player his second chance.

Starring:
Brian Wimmer, Don Most, Bart Johnson
Runtime:
1 hour, 56 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director David R. Brooks
Starring Brian Wimmer, Don Most, Bart Johnson
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By David Alpern on June 7, 2012
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This is a very enjoyable movie with a big heart. It takes the classic underdog gets a second chance theme and presents it in its own unique way. It centers on a baseball team, but it is not a "sports" movie. It takes place at a Yeshiva, but it is not a religious movie. Rather, it's a feel-good movie with likeable characters that will absolutely leave a smile on your face. As far as originality, it does hew to the well-known cinematic theme of underdogs doing well under the guidance of new leadership, however much originality is here in context of the setting, the characters and their cultural struggles with the sport, as well as an interesting plot twist that may prevent them from ultimately playing in an important league tournament. I first saw it on the big screen, and now that it is out on Blu-ray (as well as on Amazon Instant Video), I plan on having it as part of my permanent home library as well!
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In life, winning isn't everything. Sports films have built their own industry within an industry about exploring what it is that makes one a winner: is it the final score, is it the way the game is played, or is it something more, something magical, something that'll always be elusive except to those who're willing to put in on the line for their team? Along comes THE YANKLES, and you'll believe it has far more to do with one's faith - faith in the game, faith in your God, faith in yourself - and maybe that's the best estimation put to film yet.

Down-on-his-luck Charlie Jones (played by Brian Wimmer) - an ex-baseball player fresh out of jail and trying to reform his life and image - can't find a team anywhere that'll touch him with a ten foot pole. Enter "the Yankles," a brand-new college team desperately in need of a coach! A former Minor League playing now pursuing his faith learns that Jones needs to meet his community service commitment under the terms of his parole, and voila! It's a match made in sports comedy Heaven ... or whatever may account for Heaven in the Jewish faith.

What writer/director David R. Brooks (along with writing partner Zev Brooks) has done is they've smartly examined the world of sports through the prism of faith ... and why not? There have long been messages about believing in one's self mirrored in the best sports movies, but he's amped up the faith to an all new level here by revolving the story around a fictional collegiate team set at a Jewish school.
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This is a very enjoyable movie with a big heart. It takes the classic underdog gets a second chance theme and presents it in its own unique way. It centers on a baseball team, but it is not a "sports" movie. It takes place at a Yeshiva, but it is not a religious movie. Rather, it's a feel-good movie with likeable characters that will absolutely leave a smile on your face. As far as originality, it does hew to the well-known cinematic theme of underdogs doing well under the guidance of new leadership, however much originality is here in context of the setting, the characters and their cultural struggles with the sport, as well as an interesting plot twist that may prevent them from ultimately playing in an important league tournament. I saw it on the big screen, and now that it is out on Blu-ray, I plan on having it as part of my permanent home library as well!
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Very cute movie, even though not realisti,c but definitely worth renting or adding to your video collection. The premise is more than a stretch. No Haredi (Chassidic) Yeshiva would field a baseball team with other colleges and the Mormon actors often butcher the Hebrew pronounciation, even for a Yeshivish accent. Rabbinical Yeshivot (plural of Yeshiva) don't usually have 'grades' and student can range from high school through retired seniors. But if you can get past that, and most everyone will, it's a fun piece of cinema. Well acted, well videographed and well put together.
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hubby and I loved the humor AND good ethical lessons learned. since I do not like swearing at all, especially using God's Name in vain, I cringed when His Name was used as a swear word. Other then that, it was a great movie! I dare film makers to make movies where there is no sexual inuendos, cursing, violence. It can be done. these three situations don't make a movie good.
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Unfocused, unoriginal, unusual and upbeat. "The Yankles" is an uneven but ultimately entertaining and educational peek into Orthodox Jewish culture. The baseball themes are mostly imitative. The baseball scenes are up and down, and I'm not clear on what the Orthodox practice is concerning marriage, but my favorite thing about the movie is the music. It's sweeter than kosher wine.
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A promising story line with a very disappointing script in respect of the foul language and certain behaviors/characteristics which are all quite contrary to the heart of Jewish faith in God. Couldn't finish the film.
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Wonderfully funny, inspiring moving that teaches something. This movie looks into the lives of students of a Orthodox Jewish college whose Rabbi starts a baseball team and the stumbling blocks they encounter. All is well in the end and it proves that you don't have to give up your morals and sense of honor to have fun. It also gives a brief peak into the Orthodox Jewish religion.
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