All Square Reviews
Michael Kelly plays a bookie and by the feel of things the film, written by first-timer Timothy Brady, knows the subject. The writer also knows baseball, but that's where the movie ceases to have any real feel and morphs into a parody. The problem is it isn't funny, despite attempting to be a comedy. Another issue is Kelly plays a role too familiar. He even gets to talk about politics a bit. I felt like I was watching Doug Stamper (House of Cards).
It's not unentertaining, but it's just empty calorie filler that doesn't really do anything but sit there. It will long be forgotten in a few weeks. Final Score:6.4/10
Don't WASTE YOUR TIME!!
Zibs, a bookie, down and out, finds an opportunity to take bets on little league baseball games in a small-town community. Having attended more than a few children's sports games in my time, the action and ambition of the parents at these baseball games was funny and spot on.
This story subtly shows us that life is full of challenges, and the road we travel on is always full of choices, and not always easy ones to make. Sometimes we make the best decision-other times we don't. No matter what, we live with the repercussions of those choices.
My favorite part of the film was the relationship established between Zibs and his ex-girlfriend's twelve-year-old, wanna-be baseball pitcher son named Brian, who was flawlessly played by Jesse Ray Sheps. These two actors have a great on-screen chemistry. Zibs, in spite of his mis-deeds, is likable and an inherently good-hearted man.
Another aspect of the movie that shows how the decisions we make impact our lives is skillfully shown in the relationship between Zibs and his father, Bob, (played by Harris Yulin).
This movie, reminds us that we are our choices, and we are often given the opportunity to re-direct our lives based on those choices we make. The impact of what we decide to do may be life altering or simply a small step forward toward a different life path.
The message of this terrific film is delivered through an engrossing story that is demonstrated through humor, in a delicately complex and understated way.
Thrillers and high-action films are great, but I wish they'd make more unique movies like All Square. I highly recommend it.