The Phenom

The Phenom

DVD - 2016
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Ever since Hopper was a child, he has dreamed of becoming a major-league pitcher. Relentlessly pushed and punished by his abusive father, he's on the verge of becoming one of the game's most promising players when he unexpectedly breaks down on the mound. Now Hopper's only hope for a future lies with an unorthodox sports therapist who urges him to piece together the past and confront the man who is both bully and family.
Publisher: [Bethesda, Maryland] :, RLJ Entertainment,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE PHE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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Jul 26, 2020

Great acting and convincing script. The musical score is well done. The ending is moving. The father realizes his son loves him despite his bad parenting.

GLASS CHIN, the film Noah Buschel made prior to this one, is a fantastic movie. THE PHENOM is good -- quirky, quaint, and worth the trouble -- but has nowhere near the depth. Also, Ethan Hawke is miscast as the criminal absent father (Michael Madsen would have been a better choice). Nonetheless, the final scene is a winner. Beware though, this is not a sports movie; it is even less of sports movie than GLASS CHIN was about boxing.

Aug 08, 2017

Ethan Hawke is a fine actor..he seems to choose some very diversified films to be part of, perhaps its his way of growing as an actor?. This film is extremely slow, and NOT what you may think it is. Its a very deep personal story of depression and dealing with it, so dont expect a sports story. I can't really recommend it on my viewing as it did not hold my attention.

May 15, 2017

Is true, the acting, maybe due to an inexperienced director or a cut budget, stress on the... whatever, HOWEVER, has its good points. One scene is almost too well done- well acted that is, but it's verbal bullying and putdowns bordering on violence that goes on and on and on. How to survive that kind of stuff is what this is about.

Jan 06, 2017

I really enjoyed this movie - Ethan Hawke is a tremendous actor and his character in this film was so believable - this was a great film - you will enjoy it too -

Dec 30, 2016

Phenomenally terrible !! Some pretty good times, by the three main characters...but even the "adequate" acting performances, and "stars" don't give this film ANY reason to be viewed !!

Oct 09, 2016

If you liked Whiplash (Miles Teller and JK Simmons), you'll like this also: a father and son sad, disturbing, well-acted drama. Kudos to Ethan Hawke and Johnny Simmons.


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