Discussion Questions Relating to Ethical Issues will facilitate the use of this film to teach ethical principles and critical viewing. Additional questions are set out below.
(Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need)
See Question # 3 in the Learning Guide.
4. Watch the film Moneyball and answer the questions in the "Film Study Worksheet for a Work of Historical Fiction." Then write an essay comparing "Moneyball" to Trouble With the Curve in terms of the message each film provides about how to pick baseball players and relations between fathers and daughters.
5. Watch the film Moneyball and answer the questions in the "Film Worksheet for a Work of Historical Fiction." In both movies, Trouble with the Curve and Moneyball, relationships between fathers and daughters are clearly important. Write character studies of both Gus and Billy Beane as presented in the movie in which you focus on the importance of their daughters both in terms of what the men are like and in terms of the stories told in the films.
Note to Teachers concerning assignments 4 & 5: Adapt the worksheet from TWM's Film Study Worksheet for a Work of Historical Fiction. Think about whether to instruct students to respond to question #7 by Internet research using at least three separate sources.
See also Additional Assignments for Use With any Film that is a Work of Fiction.
Selected Awards, Cast and Director:
Selected Awards: None.
Featured Actors: Clint Eastwood as Gus Lobel;
Amy Adams as Mickey Lobel;
Justin Timberlake as Johnny Flanagan;
Matthew Lillard as Phillip Sanderson;
John Goodman as Pete Klein;
Robert Patrick as Vince.
Director: Robert Lorenz
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