Based on the non-fiction book "Moneyball," about how the Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his collaborator Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) discovered that using statistics and computer generated analyses would allow them to create a winning ball team. Also with Robin Wright, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Chris Pratt. Directed by Bennett Miller. [2:13]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - We see several shirtless men with their bare chests and backs visible in a locker room.
► A man playfully dances on a table in front of several other men and thrusts his hips.
► A man remarks that another man goes to strip clubs. A female reporter asks a man if he frequents strip clubs and the man does not respond. A group of men joke about a woman's appearance, saying she is a six out of ten.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A young man beats a baseball bat against a bench in a dugout. A man throws a batting helmet against a bench, and then throws objects onto the ground. A man angrily snaps a bat over his knee. A man hangs up a phone and throws it to the ground angrily. A man bangs a radio against the window of a car, and then drops it out the window. A chair is seen being thrown through the air and hitting a framed picture on a wall; the frame crashes to the ground. A man angrily flips over a chair. A man flips over a desk, throwing the contents to the ground. A man smashes a bat into a stereo as other men watch; he shouts at the men watching and knocks the stereo to the ground.
► A young man throws a baseball at a man almost hitting him. A man places his hand on another man's shoulder and the man shoves his hand away.
► During a baseball game, we see a young man dive out of the way to avoid being hit by a wild pitch. A young man and a man watch a video of a teenage boy stumbling as he runs around bases. A man rapidly spins his car in circles in an empty parking lot.
► A man asks a young man a hypothetical question: if he would rather be shot in the head or shot in the chest five times and bleed to death; the young man says neither. A man says that a team has become an "organ harvest" for other teams. A man tells another man, "The first man through the fence always gets bloody." A man jokingly tells his daughter that she is getting on an airplane and "they crash all the time" (the girl laughs).
► Throughout the movie we see men spitting tobacco juice into cups. A man spits popcorn out of his mouth.
PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 18 scatological terms (3 mild), 6 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (leper, island of misfit toys, thick around the waist, defective, clown, freak, outside your mind, cuckoo, big failure, old, waddles like a duck, goo-goo boy, crazy, dinosaurs, knucklehead, losers), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man is seen drinking what is presumably alcohol on two occasions, and on two occasions we hear radio announcers discuss the use of champagne to pour on players after a winning game. Throughout the movie we see men using chewing tobacco, men are shown spitting chewing tobacco into cups and we see one man put chewing tobacco into his lip, and a man is seen chewing on a cigar.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Bill James, baseball statistics, undervalued players, faith, disappointment, regret, seeing things through for better or worse, change of heart, metaphors, pride, small market baseball teams, overcoming adversity.
MESSAGE - Baseball is a very complicated game.