Bottom of the 9th

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 5 10 1112


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Burt Young as Santino
Denis O'Hare as Erwin
Michael Rispoli as Richie
Sofía Vergara as Cheryl
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ferguson-6 5 / 10 / 10

foul tip

Greetings again from the darkness. For us baseball fans, seeing the sport on the big screen can be bliss (THE SANDLOT, 1993) or extreme torture (ED, 1996). Actually, with any sports movie, the pressure is on the filmmakers and cast to be respectful to the talent and athleticism required to play that game. When they succeed, it can be a wonderful blend of movie and sport. When they fail, it can be maddening ... a cinematic version of fingernails on a chalkboard. Director Raymond De Felitta delivered an excellent (and underappreciated) little gem in 2009 entitled CITY ISLAND. This time out he's working from a script by Robert Bruzio (his first feature film screenplay). It begins with Sonny Stano (played by Joseph Manganiello) being released from Sing Sing Prison. He has served nearly two decades (since 1999) after accidentally killing someone just after signing a big contract with the New York Yankees right out of his Bronx high school ... in the shadow of historic Yankee Stadium. See, Sonny was a baseball legend in the area - a "sure thing" to become the next Yankees legend. He even has a Mickey Mantle jersey mounted on the wall of his childhood apartment, alongside numerous pennants, trophies and sport photographs. All those years ago, Sonny left behind not only baseball, but his high school sweetheart Angela (Sofia Vergara), who is now a single mom raising her young daughter. Of course, once Sonny and Angela bump into each other at the market, we know where this is headed. Just like we know where it's headed when Sonny's old Coach Hannis (Michael Rispoli) invites him to help out with the local Yankees minor league affiliate ... in particular, a young hot shot player who is mouthy and uncoachable. Along the way, we also see Sonny's Parole Officer (Denis O'Hare, in a "True Blood" reunion with Manganiello) and Angela's less-than-welcoming cop/brother (Yancey Arias). They don't call them stereotypes for nothing. It is nice to see Burt Young appear as a grizzled baseball scout, and fortunately Brian Cashman and Bernie Williams are the only Yankees who make a cameo appearance (awkwardly with no dialogue). The idea is strong enough to work as an inspirational, second-chance-in-life sports movie; however, it all falls apart once Sonny hits the diamond. He moves like a weightlifter, not a ballplayer. His swing, supposedly capable of mashing pitches into the stratosphere, looks no different with a bat than with the sledge hammer he uses in one scene. The throwing motion is even more cringe-inducing. Still, we have been known to overlook such things in movies if there is a real life lesson. Unfortunately, despite his scenes reconnecting with Angela, we never find Sonny very likeable or easy to root for. Reading "King Rat" (James Clavell's debut novel about his time as a POW) and wanting to take a business class is not enough to overcome the fact that he immediately quits the job that his friend gave him ... the same friend who helped him get paroled. Plus, Sonny wears a constant scowl and tries to lecture, rather than lead, the prodigy he's been assigned. The fictional Staten Island Empires are a joke to watch, and it's ludicrous to believe Sonny would catch the Yankees' attention while taking BP for them. The scenes that do work are the quiet moments between real life husband and wife Mr. Manganiello and Ms. Vergara. Their scenes, while a nice reprieve from the clumsy baseball ones, are simply not enough to inspire us or give us reason to cheer the obvious and easy-to-predict developments. And another thing ... why is it always the Yankees?

Reviewed by prkozlowski 8 / 10 / 10

Classic underdog story

Im gonna call this the Rocky of baseball. Anybody who rates this a 1 or 2 has no patience or no heart. Awesome movie and I hate baseball

Reviewed by leland-mckeithan 8 / 10 / 10

Delivers on a feel-good underdog hero story

Nobody's saying this movie is Spielberg level, but Bottom of the 9th is touching and it delivers in it's promises. It's a feel good hero Hollywood drama to a T. Not too heavy on the cheesiness/unrealistic circumstances until the end and even then it's ok. As expected for this kind of movie. I don't understand the reviews about bad acting. The characters were natural and for the most part unforced. I found myself engaged all the way through and rooting for the characters. I can think of so many movies that we just have to turn off because the actors are so obviously acting. This isn't one. Joe does a nice job as a strong understated lead. Handsome to look at and quiet like one would expect a person to be in his position. Was pleased to see Sophia relax and do a decent (not great) but decent job acting like a human instead of a Latina stereotype for the most part. Would've like to see a little more arc for both characters. Why would they value eachother now? They're different people now. Why do they want to be together? Would've like the director/writers to show us more background as to how the fiery young hot head we saw turned into the humble man coming out of jail. I imagine getting out of jail and finding a job and a new life is a good bit harder than portrayed in this movie but still the story sheds some light on the many challenges for people in this position. It's hard to assimilate and feel valued. I think the baseball fans found it unrealistic. So be it. That's hollywood and I'm not in it for the sports. Perhaps if you are this movie wont work as well for you. Overall this movie delivers as the hero's journey tale it says it is. It's what you'd expect from hollywood's version of this tale with just enough real human element and real life feeling to make it feel real. Overall satisfying movie.

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