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Screwball (2019)



Critic Consensus: A smart and entertainingly light handling of a serious topic, Screwball proves well worth a watch for baseball fans as well as true crime enthusiasts.

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Recounting the high-profile doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, director Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) takes us into the surreal Miami underworld that provided performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and other star players. They say South Florida is a sunny place for shady people and this is certainly true of steroid peddler Anthony Bosch and his most notorious client, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. While Bosch's medical credentials may be lacking, his storytelling skills are first rate as he hilariously details the rise and fall of his "health clinic", including mob connections, financial chicanery, his cocaine habit, and Rodriguez's eccentric behavior. The documentary plays like a madcap Floridian crime comedy in the vein of Elmore Leonard or the Coen Brothers while it raises serious questions about the ethics of professional sports. Powerful interests would be happy to let this story slip from memory, but Screwball makes it unforgettable.

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Bryan Blanco
as Tony Bosch
Frankie Diaz
as Porter Fischer
Jonathan Blanco
as Pete Carbone
Blake McCall
as Alex Rodriguez
Ian Mackles
as Tim Elfrink

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When the grown men often act like children, it feels like overkill to have children portraying the grown men.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

In a sense, it's the ultimate "Florida Man" story.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

[Screwball] is fascinating as an examination of how carefully one needs to choose their allies, especially when they're committing crimes.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Inevitably, the oddball Elmore Leonard-meets-the Little Rascals conceit loses some of its wacky effectiveness, but while Corben might not hit this one out of the park, "Screwball" energetically rounds the bases.

March 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Corben takes to the material like somebody electrified by its possibilities to stir outrage in baseball traditionalists, fascination in the criminality-obsessed, and laughter in those easily amused by South Florida's more colorful characters.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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[It] brings a lighter touch and almost satirical approach to what's been described as the biggest illegal steroid scheme in pro sports history.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…
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