American Pastime (2007)
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Critic Reviews for American Pastime
With such rich material about dreams deferred, it's disheartening that co-writer-director Desmond Nakano's nobly made but patchy drama mires itself in nostalgia tropes and storytelling clichés.
Full of interesting characters and placed in a charged setting, but the preachy and obvious spin it takes is ultimately melodramatic and predictable.
American Pastime asks what it truly means to be an American. What better question to ask these days?
While everything else about Pastime is very good, it's all rooted in a mediocre screenplay.
Audience Reviews for American Pastime
I am a complete sucker for these kinds of movies. This movie touches the heart. It is a good reminder that the American-Japanese went through a hard time during WWII, not just the Jews. Though America was not so harsh on Japanese, as Germans were to the Jews, they still deserve recognition for their plight. Add a little baseball rivalry, forbidden romance, and questions of honor to this story, and we have a nicely done little film...
A nice little drama gem I found on Netflix. Could it have been better? Sure, but the film does it's job and I think is a good introductory film to a very dark period in American history- when hundreds of thousands of American citizens were denied thier rights, great loss of property and livelihoods. Set against the backdrop of baseball and jazz music, the actors did a really good job and told it's tale.
A very moving story about a Japanese-American family during World War II. Wow was this good. And it all comes down to a baseball game. I rarely rate anything a 4 or higher, but I have to this time.
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