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February 10, 2009 |

By Seth Freilich | Trailers | February 10, 2009 |

(…then you get de women!)

A year removed from last year’s Sundance, Sugar, Ryan fleck and Anna Boden’s follow-up to Half-Nelson, still sticks with me. It’s about a Dominican youth working his way through the MLB minor league system, hoping to make it to the Big Show and while it’s a sports movie on its face, it’s really something quite more than that, as I wrote shortly after seeing it at Sundance:

Fleck and Boden don’t follow the typical sports movie arc, which is a welcome relief that keeps the second half of the film very fresh. Like the best of sports films, however, it does include some funny moments and the requisite amount of heart, all of which are magnified by a fantastic performance from Algenis Perez Soto as Sugar, who Fleck and Boden actually discovered on a Dominican Republic ballfield.

The flick’s spent the last year on the shelf, but finally sees the light of theater this April (albeit with a very limited initial release in NY and LA), and now that the official trailer and poster have dropped, I can’t wait to see this again.


...then you get de power... / Seth Freilich

Trailers | February 10, 2009 |

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