Off the Black

2006 R 1h 30m DVD

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Off the Black

2006 R 1h 30m DVD
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In director James Ponsoldt's gentle drama, an unlikely bond forms between high school baseball pitcher Dave Tibbel (Trevor Morgan) and reclusive, ailing umpire Ray Cook (Nick Nolte) after Ray catches the youngster vandalizing his home. Ray offers to forgive Dave's debt if he'll pose as Ray's estranged son at an upcoming class reunion. Meanwhile, Dave contends with his withdrawn father (Timothy Hutton), who's been a wreck since his wife left him.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this often-uncomfortable indie drama revolves around a teen boy who hangs out with a dissolute, dying older man who becomes a questionable mentor-father figure (he turns the kid on to alcohol, etc.). The older man, Ray, spends his days smoking, drinking, and dealing with the negative consequences of his actions. Viewers who can look at Ray from a somewhat sophisticated perspective -- he doesn't get obsessed with bitter regrets or the obvious lessons of his bad choices -- won't notice (or miss) the absence of the expected preaching. But teens may not take away the same message. Be ready for frank locker-room language, as well as a false accusation of pedophilia.

Sexual Content

Slanderous school-hall talk about a child-molesting relationship between Dave and Ray. Obscene vandal drawings.

Violence

The main character pulls a gun on some teen vandals.

Language

Locker-room talk. Swear words include "s--t" other crude language includes "dick."

Social Behavior

Dissolute, lying Ray is a poor role model -- so bad that a judge took away his own son -- despite the fact that he attempts to offer some worthy life lessons (mostly vague statements about following your "inner voice"). Dave seems like a good, steady kid, but he commits an act of vandalism, and it's suggested that he'll ultimately desert his own heartbroken father (unless Ray's example changes his mind).

Consumerism

Product cameos include the infamous Ginsu knife infomercial.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A woman who's an insulin-dependent diabetic talks about being mistaken for a junkie. Ray is drunk much of the time, and many paternal heart-to-heart chats happen over cans and bottles. Ray gets underage Dave to drink for the first time. Ray also smokes and chews tobacco, despite a dire health prognosis.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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