Two down, bottom of the ninth, bases loaded,
and for a relief pitcher they send in writer
John Gatins to retire the side. Bad move.
Keanu Reeves stars as a compulsive gambler
deep in debt who is reluctantly hired to
coach Little League baseball to a bunch of
trash-talking, delinquent inner-city kids.
But after an eye-opening crash course in
Crime 101 and an added incentive of romance
with an innocent schoolteacher (Diane Lane),
the makeshift coach cares less about the
money and more about being a role model for
the neglected youths raised around crack
houses and gang bangers. This adaptation of
Daniel Coyle's novel lacks the creativity and
character development needed for this drama
to win the game; however, the charismatic
kids and the film's inspiring intentions
enable it to squeeze by with a tie.
Director: Brian Robbins
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane and John Hawkes