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Preparing for the final game of the season,
Billy Chapel, an All-Star pitcher finds himself caught in the
worst situation he's ever been in--not only is he about to be
traded after 18 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, the woman he's
been with for several years is about to leave him.
Romantic Drama - For Love of the Game is both a romance and a baseball movie,
there's much more of the former than the latter. The slow pace and
unconvincing romance could be distracting for viewers more
the baseball action, while the baseball scenes could potentially be
for the audience that prefers romance. Fans of Kevin Costner will
enjoy seeing him once again in a baseball setting, though the story
intensely about baseball than previous Costner films Bull
Field of Dreams.
PROFANITY: Strong, moderately frequent SEX/NUDITY: No nudity; some suggestive sexual content VIOLENCE: One scene of some blood DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few scenes of alcohol consumption, drunkenness ACTION: Baseball game action COMEDY: Some character-based humor
Baseball continues to be very, very good to Kevin Costner in FOR LOVE
OF THE GAME, though it's more of a solid single than FIELD OF DREAMS'
ground-rule double or BULL DURHAM's inside-the-park home run. Deftly
constructed as perhaps the ideal date movie -- it's a love story that
also happens to be a baseball movie -- FOR LOVE OF THE GAME works
reasonably well on both levels. Unfortunately, Kevin Costner remains
to enigmatic for the romance to be perfectly convincing. It's fundamentally
satisfying, but it's hard not to wish Costner's character had been more
complete, and less one of those baseball icons he has exploited so
successfully in other films.
Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner) is forced to
re-examine his priorities in life when he is confronted with unexpected
circumstances-not only is he being traded after 20 years as the
heart and soul of the Detroit Tigers, but Jane Aubrey (Kelly Preston),
the love of his life, is leaving him.
Surrounded by a stadium full of fans, he now stands alone on the
pitcher's mound in the midst of one of the best games of his career,
re-evaluating the direction his life has taken. Aware that the
stakes in his life have increased dramatically, the veteran ballplayer
realizes that he has some pretty serious decisions to make decisions
which will not only determine his future as an athlete, but as