Undrafted (2016)

  • Time: 90 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Family
  • Director: Joseph Mazzello
  • Cast: Joseph Mazzello, Aaron Tveit, Tyler Hoechlin


When twelve ragtag teammates set out to play what should be a meaningless summer intramural baseball game, it ends up becoming the most important game of their lives.

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  • Baseball is America’s pastime. It was first played in 18th century England. Sadly, it is depicted in a rather juvenile fashion via 2016’s Undrafted (my latest review).

    Undrafted is about a crass, intramural team trying to win a meaningless, seven inning game. Supposedly, it is based on a true story involving the director’s brother (John Mazzello). Real-life Johnny boy failed to make the Major League Baseball draft. If this is an admiral tribute to him, well then you can just call me the veritable Cal Ripken Jr. So OK, I’ve seen other, similar “play ball” movies like For Love of the Game and Summer Catch. This is indeed worse.

    Writer/director Joseph Mazzello (he’s also an actor) fashions a script that might look good on paper but for some reason, deems these dudes to be incredibly annoying. They don’t talk and act like actual human beings. And hey, they won’t and can’t shut up. Players on the bench talk about the Backstreet Boys. An actor portrays a starting pitcher yet doesn’t replicate anything near what said pitcher’s form is supposed to look like. A center fielder and his teammates go psychotic even though the team is winning a slight, pivotal game. A hitter argues a pitch that is clearly in the strike zone. Finally, James Belushi appears briefly as a failed, draftee’s father (is Belushi that hard up for an acting job). Most of the sequences in Undrafted are in the dugout, separated badly from what is really going on in the field. Man I’m so glad this flick was free by way of On Demand.

    All in all, Undrafted is like a more volatile Everybody Wants Some!! It’s overacted with scenes that are edited quickly only to die on arrival. The only difference between this film and “Wants Some!!”, is that the proceedings don’t include partying, drugs, alcohol, or the notion of getting laid. Undrafted sucks period no matter how you wanna analyze it. I wanted to punch everyone involved. No one wins this cinematic game of baseball and you know what, no one cares. That includes the producers, the cast, and the filmmaker (Joseph Mazzello) who showed this thing three years after it was made. Undrafted is one of this year’s worst and I don’t think it ever got released (in theaters) in the first place. Good call ump. A strike out or a last ditch, nicked foul ball is my commentating assessment . Rating: 1 star.

    Rating: 1 out of 4 stars

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