77 min., 2000
Written by Guy Crawford/Yvette Hoffman
Directed by Guy Crawford/Yvette Hoffman
My rating: ★
So amateur that it’s just sad
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The movie starts in Taft, California, 1981, with a father/Frank (Joe Estevez) and son/David (David Heavener) playing catch. David isn’t doing so well and his dad starts to freak out. We then jump to them at a diamond with the father pitching and son trying to hit. He fails and the dad flips out some more. So David decides he’s had too much and beats his father to death with a baseball bat. We then move to “present day” where David is now playing in the minors, but he is doing poorly and getting thrown out of games. So the new manager (Monique Parent) is sick of it and decides that he isn’t going to be playing anymore. So he flips and starts killing people. Oh sorry, I gave it away.
Acting can kill a movie or push it to the next level. This one is completely killed by the acting. Joe Estevez only yells his lines and tries very hard to be an asshole dad, but he fails on so many levels. Just cause you shout everything doesn’t make you a bad parent, it just makes you look like a bad actor. Then we have…well…everyone else. None of them even remotely try, at anything. Most of them are just reading lines. And I’ve said that before, but this time, I mean they were really just reading lines. It was just pathetic.
The effects…wait there are no effects. Everything pretty much happens off screen. And the crap that you can see is just bad. One of the most painful is at the end where the manager is attacking David with a bat, and it was way too obvious that it was a rubber bat. Just rotten.
The story is pretty good. It has some great turns that can really throw you off just when you think you’ve got it figured out. The dialogue is really good too, with most of the lines being pretty intelligent. Ha ha ha ha ha, I’m just lying. The story sucks even worse than the acting.
Do not watch this movie at all costs. It’s just really, really bad. I really do like bad movies, but even I have limits on what is just too bad to handle, and this one takes the cake. Run away and never look back.Have You Read...?