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A moving, heartfelt drama.
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.
While historically sensitive and thought-provoking, the film has serious flaws. The story line is scattered and the direction uneven.
American Pastime's inclusive, forgiving message could hardly be more admirable. It could have been more exciting, though.
Rich period detail and solid performances by [Aaron] Yoo and Gary Cole.
The historical elements -- particularly those that deal with Japanese internment camps during World War II -- definitely make the movie worthwhile.
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...
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