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Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 24 June 2016 (USA)
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A phenomenal rookie pitcher undergoes psychotherapy to overcome his bullying criminal father's crippling influence, and come to terms with past.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Simmons ... Hopper Gibson
Ethan Hawke ... Hopper Senior
Paul Giamatti ... Dr. Mobley
Sophie Kennedy Clark ... Dorothy Boyer
Alison Elliott ... Susan Gibson
Yul Vazquez ... Coach Eddie Soler
Paul Adelstein ... Scott Borwitz
Marin Ireland ... Rachel Cullum
Louisa Krause ... Candace Cassidy
Frank Wood ... Richard Boyer
Meg Gibson ... Jill Boyer
Elizabeth Marvel ... Teresa Epland
Emily Fleischer Emily Fleischer ... Betsy Schmidt
Journey Smith Journey Smith ... Lloyd Moseby
Niesha Butler ... Tuesday Davis
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A Major League rookie pitcher loses control over his pitching and is sent down to the minor leagues, where he begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist. In the process, hidden conflicts with his overbearing father are brought to light.

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Hopper Gibson throws one hundred miles per hour. Now he needs to stop thinking.

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

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English

Release Date:

24 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Paul Giamatti's dad, Angelo Bartlett Giamatti, was a very important figure in baseball. He was Commissioner of Major League Baseball. See more »

Goofs

The band aid on Hop's face, by an inch or two, does not match the point where his father cut and bled him with a beer can. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Mobley: We can make things be the way we want them to be in our head... so the pain isn't too much... and that's very different from lying.
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References Bullitt (1968) See more »

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Elegy for Fannie Lou
Written and performed by Kunie Mwanga
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Giamatti is great as usual. Basically a baseball player version of Good Will Hunting. I really enjoyed this and recommend it.
3 August 2016 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"It doesn't matter what I want cause I have a contract, and you know what, I'll tell you something. They picked the wrong guy because I'm just an ordinary kid." Hopper (Simmons) is a star baseball pitcher that has recently been demoted after a shaky outing. He is sent to psychologist Dr. Mobley (Giamatti) in hopes of him figuring out what is wrong. When Hopper begins to talk about his overbearing father (Hawke) Mobley begins to understand what Hopper's problem is. But it may be too late. I am a huge sucker for all sports movies and I love Paul Giamatti so I was really excited about watching this. I have to say though this is nothing like I expected. At the risk of over simplifying, the movie is basically a baseball player version of Good Will Hunting. Simmons actually plays the part perfect as a kid who isn't sure what he wants anymore and is essentially going though the motions while his dad tries to totally control him. I could keep going on about this but if you liked Good Will Hunting I would recommend this as well. Overall, not what I expected, it was better. I give this a B+.


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