Review Date: September 08, 2001
Director: Brian Robbins
Writer: John Gatins
Producers: Brian Robbins, Tina Nides, Michael Tollin
Keanu Reeves as Conor O'Neill
Diane Lane as Elizabeth Wilkes
DeWayne Warren as G-Baby
The "projects" shown in this film are a place that would scare the crap out of any living adult, and sadly, many children live and breathe there every day. I liked this movie because it gave me my own slap across the face. Life could be much worse. There are a lot of people who need help out there. Giving back to the community is important. Life is never perfect, but you can always try and improve yourself. I also appreciated the superb work done here by the filmmakers, since the story is essentially one that we've seen a number of times before, but it's made more relevant here, there's comedy mixed into the drama and Reeves is given the opportunity to utilize his restrained acting demeanor to draw us further into his character's inner-struggles (you never really know where he's coming from or going). But even more importantly, they should all be commended for pulling off one of the most difficult tasks in the movie biz and that is the fine line between films that are super-sappy and effectively poignant.
I was touched by this film and hope to bring some attention to it with this review. Alright, so maybe I was having an "off-day" or something, but it grabbed me by the heart-strings and played me like a fool, and this is a very rare occurrence indeed. By the end of this puppy, I was tearing up like a diapered child myself. Very odd. So if you enjoyed REMEMBER THE TITANS and don't mind sitting through a fairly predictable movie with a sound message of hope, redemption, faith and second chances, I suspect that you will be taken by this film as well. And the fact that it's all based on a true story (and a book entitled "Hardball: A Season in the Projects" by Daniel Coyle) makes it all that much more effective.