Undrafted

Intramural baseball is given its suitably torturous due in Undrafted, which vainly tries to generate humor from a ragtag team's afternoon of throwing profane tantrums, getting into fistfights, arguing about the best Backstreet Boys member and moping about not getting selected to play for a Major League club. That last thread concerns John Mazetti (Aaron Tveit), who misses out on being drafted for the big leagues on the eve of his squad's semifinal playoff game -- a storyline inspired by the unfortunate fate of writer/director Joseph Mazello's own aspiring-ballplayer brother.

While it's touching that Mazello has seen fit to celebrate his sibling's tenacious love of the national pastime, there's no escaping the fact that the dugout-and-diamond shenanigans are consistently tedious. Focusing on players who've each been bestowed with a lone personality trait -- including Everybody Wants Some!!'s Tyler Hoechlin -- and who are pitted against obnoxious adversaries with a penchant for indulging in cheerleader-style chants, Undrafted stretches out its seven-inning amateur contest with all manner of inert incidents, including a late brawl that involves the police. With characters who range from mildly aggravating to out-and-out intolerable, and revolving around a game whose outcome is of no meaningful consequence, this underdogs-make-good fairy tale is a dramatic and comic rainout.

Credits

Director:

  • Joseph Mazzello

Cast:

  • Tyler Hoechlin
  • Aaron Tveit
  • Joseph Mazzello
  • Chace Crawford
  • Philip Winchester

Writer:

  • Joseph Mazzello

Producer:

  • Dead Fish Films

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