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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Keanu Reeves
Diane Lane
John Hawkes
D B Sweeney
Directors
Brian Robbins
Screenwriters
Daniel Coyle
John Gatins
Running Time
106 minutes

Hardball
Dramedy with Keanu Reeves as the new coach of some inner city black kids baseball team.


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Plot
An inveterate gambler repays a debt by coaching some poor but most definitely cute black kids at baseball.


Verdict
Robbins struggles to establish an even tone, lurching from sports movie sentimentalism to sledge-hammeringly subtle social comment - his ghetto is a hive of gun-totting Tupacs and God-fearin' old folk. Anyway, isn't this supposed to be, you know, for kids?


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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