The origins of 21 Jump Street may be lost on the younger generations Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum attract, yet they manage to pull it off anyway. The filmmakers create an understanding with the audience that they’re in on the joke but that they’re still going to deliver a thoughtful, fun film.
Moneyball isn’t so much about baseball as it is about the underdog. It’s about thinking outside the box and pushing the boundaries for the ultimate goal: winning. Whether or not Billy Beane’s overhaul of the Oakland A’s ball club is ultimately a success depends on how you view success, but that doesn’t mean this film won’t try its hardest to prove it.