"How Do You Know" if it's a good baseball movie? Sportswriter gives Owen Wilson a thumbs-down as pitcher
The cast and crew of the movie "How Do You Know" spent the better part of a month filming in D.C. last year -- and it shows. Our critic colleague Ann Hornaday declares that director James L. Brooks truly gets Washington.
But does he get baseball? For that, we asked a baseball writer.
"How Do You Know," after all, is the first major motion picture to feature your Washington Nationals in a big way, starring Owen Wilson as a Nats pitcher. The organization welcomed the attention, granting Brooks permission to film at the ballpark and use the team logo. On Wednesday night, front-office brass hosted a screening and cocktail reception at E Street Cinema to benefit the team's charitable foundation -- and we sent the Post's Washington Nationals beat reporter, Adam Kilgore, to check it out. He proved to be a tough critic. Here are his notes:
Nats relief pitcher Drew Storen, who caught the movie at its L.A. premiere, agreed with our colleague that the flick was "full of exaggerated baseball stereotypes." (So the bit about Matty stockpiling pink Nationals sweat suits with his name and number to hand out to his conquests -- not true to life?)
Kilgore says he found some laughs in it, but that it's just not a baseball movie. "'How Do You Know' is about baseball," he says, "like 'Casablanca' is about restaurants."
See also: Ann Hornaday heralds James L. Brooks as one of the few directors who really gets Washington, catching the real spirit of the city beyond mere monument shots. But Hornday's review of "How Do You Know" only gives it two-and-a-half stars.
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| December 17, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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