Sunday, January 9, 2011

For Love of the Game (1999) [PG-13] ****

Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) has been a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers for his entire pro baseball career. Now after eighteen years, in the twilight of his great, hall-of-fame career, he learns that his team is being sold to a corporate group, and his girlfriend Jane Aubrey (Kelly Preston) is leaving him to take a job in London.

As Billy's friend and favorite catcher Gus Sinski (John C. Reilly) observes: Billy, this ain't your day! But what happens to Billy and Gus and the rest of the Tigers on that fateful day in Yankee Stadium at the end of a long season is truly magical. This is a great baseball-themed romantic drama. Costner and Preston have terrific romantic chemistry; there's a great screenplay with some memorable dialogue, a beautiful soundtrack and excellent cinematography. If you enjoyed films like Field of Dreams, The Natural and The Rookie, you won't want to miss For Love of the Game.

Labels: baseball, drama, romance
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 43/100
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=61, viewers=66)

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