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Off the Black

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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.