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Moneyball #XpopFilmUp Screening Tonight Thanks To @XavierPopStuff

This movie comes to theaters on September 23 but thanks to the blog XavierPop and their contest which I entered here I am going to be seeing this movie early!

I never read the book the movie is based on but it is one of those – I have been meaning to read – books. As well, from everything I have heard about the movie (they showed it at TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival – this year so I know some people who have already seen it) it is supposed to be fantastic. Not only is it a great story, but it is supposed to be a really well done movie. It’s got some great actors like Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The folks over at Rotten Tomatoes have it listed in their Tomatometer as a 91%. (The Tomatometer rating is ‘the percentage of “Approved Tomatometer Critics” who have given the movie a positive review’.) IMDB’s users have given it a 7.9/10 as of when I just checked it right now on September 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm.

The film is “based on a true story” and is about Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) who is the general manager of the Oakland A’s. He is forced to put together a team with very tight budget constraints – and still field a winning team. What he uses is a system referred to “Sabermetrics” after he teams up with an Ivy League graduate named Peter Brand* (played by Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed. According to the Wikipedia article on him, under his management the Oakland A’s of 2006 ranked 24th of 30 major league teams in player salaries but had the 5th-best regular-season record.

*Side Note: The character in the movie named Peter Brand is based on real life Paul DePodesta who was the assistant to the general manager of the Oakland A’s and is a Harvard graduate.

Because of what the A’s did it totally changed the way baseball teams in the MLB (Major League Baseball) work.

Here’s a trailer for the movie from Yahoo! Movies.

I’ll probably tweet later what I thought of the movie. It’s starting in a couple of minutes so I got to publish this and put my phone away.

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