• Hardball (2001)


Release Date: September 14th, 2001

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2002

PG-13 |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

Conor (Keanu Reeves) is a ticket scalper, gambler and, now, Little League coach for a rag-tag team of kids in one of the toughest part of Chicago. He's no role model, but his buddy Jimmy won't help him pay off his gambling debts unless Conor coaches Jimmy's corporately sponsored team. Surprising even himself, Conor becomes attached to his players -- and to their attractive schoolteacher (Diane Lane) -- and drawn into their tough and sometimes tragic lives.

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Bryan Hearne, Julian Griffith, Michael B. Jordan, A. Delon Ellis Jr., Kristopher Lofton

Director: Brian Robbins

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Fireworks Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Quest, Hilarious, Underdog, Inspiring, 2000s, Heartwarming, Rise, Bar, Mother, School

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It drifts above the surface of its natural subjects, content to be a genre picture. We're always aware of the formula--and in a picture based on real life, we shouldn't be. show more

  • 75
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    Cynics may roll their eyes at Hardball's earnestness, but the movie proves even the most conventional stories can move and engage you, provided they're told well. show more

  • 63
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    A by-the-numbers tearjerker notable mostly for the most adorable little sluggers this side of the "Bad News Bears." show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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