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===Story=== Keanu Reeves stars in this story that might best be described as ''Bad News Bears'' in the projects. Conor O'Neill (Reeves) is a charming ne'er-do-well with a disturbing gambling addiction. His penchant for betting on the wrong teams leaves him owing several thousand dollars to very violent people, and he ends up coaching a children's baseball team to pay off his debt. The movie skimps a bit on process: the kids start out as terrible players and become better but we don't see how; Conor starts caring but we don't see why. As by-the-numbers movies go, though, it isn't a bad one. The young actors in the cast are talented and understated. Most of the kids' characters are only barely fleshed out by the script, but this keeps the movie from being hijacked by extra-cute mugging. Parents should be cautioned--this movie has some very violent scenes that will frighten young children, and swearing is depicted as precocious and adorable. Still, like a baseball game, it isn't a bad way to spend your time. ''--Ali Davis'' ===DVD Features=== *Color *Closed-captioned *Widescreen *Dolby


Keanu ReevesConor O'Neill
Diane LaneElizabeth Wilkes
John HawkesTicky Tobin
Michael B. JordanJamal
DeWayne WarrenJarius 'G-Baby' Evans
D.B. SweeneyMatt Hyland
Mark MargolisFink

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Brian Robbins
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 106 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 14, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 24, 2003
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