Trailer: 'Moneyball' aims for 'The Blind Side' sweet spot

June 16th, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
June 16, 2011

The Blind Side
proved that Michael Lewis’ non-fiction books about a sport’s intricacies could be successfully sold at the box-office if they are wrapped in an old-fashioned underdog tale. In Moneyball, out Sept. 23, general manager Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, attempts to pull the cash-strapped Oakland A’s out of mediocrity with a contrarian new philosophy on scoring talent. Clearly, that alone won’t draw in folks who don’t yet know what WHIP stands for, so Aaron Sorkin’s script delves deeper into Beane’s home life and his relationship with his awkward baseball-geek assistant, the blandly-named Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) instead of the real-life Paul DePodesta.

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