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For Love of the Game

GENE

 SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

  FOR LOVE OF THE GAME

 

 


And, for the love of Mike, it seems I've seen this picture before, too. Same old formula.

They bring it right to the very end with a no hitter and mix in a silly love story that didn't work or click for me.

I found nothing new or fresh, with no surprises. But I did focus on the outfield and tried to watch the grass grow. Then I realized it's just astroturf anyway.

The baseball sequences in this film are a visual treat, showing us that Sam Raimi has a director's eye--whether it be horror or sports films.

But Kevin Costner has fallen into a rut when it comes to sentimental schlock and predictable endings, making what could have been a truly great film into just a typical one.

(Sung to Gordy's own ukelele accompaniment)
G
7:
All summer long we sang a song and
C6:
strolled the gold-en
Cm6:
sand,
G:
Two sweet-hearts
Am7:
and
D7:
the
G:
summer wind,
G6:
the summer wind.

As the song suggests, this movie is a romance about a man and woman, and also a romance about the legend of baseball.

Kevin Costner is excellent playing a washed-up pitcher in this romantic poem to baseball.

For Love of the Game hits a grand slam in my view.


Reviewed in 2000
Man on the Moon

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Magnolia

The Hurricane
Topsy-Turvy

Reviewed in 1999
The Blair Witch Project
The Iron Giant

Bowfinger
Mickey Blue Eyes
The Sixth Sense
Stir of Echoes
For Love of the Game
American Beauty
Three Kings
Fight Club
Bringing out the Dead
The Limey
Being John Malkovich
Pokemon
Toy Story 2
The World is Not Enough
The Green Mile
Bicentennial Man

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