Gregory Kirschling
December 06, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Off the Black

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/08/06
performer
Timothy Hutton, Trevor Morgan, Nick Nolte
director
James Ponsoldt
distributor
THINKFilm
author
James Ponsoldt
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

We haven’t heard much from Nick Nolte since he took that wild 2002 Hawaiian-shirt mug shot. Off the Black proves he’s still a great leading actor. Rumpled, growly, and probably purposely invoking his tabloid past, Nolte plays an always-drunken small-town umpire who befriends the teen ballplayer who TPs his house. Sucking at the top of many a can, and greedily slurping the sides of an overflowing bottle, Nolte gives a master class in how to drink a beer on screen. The rest of his work here is sad, understated, and worth seeking out.

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