Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game (2022)

Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game (2022)

Part historical fiction and part family drama, Pinball is a pleasant enough joyride about the enduring game it names

7.3

Movie

United States of America
English
Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
2022
AUSTIN BRAGG, MEREDITH BRAGG
Bryan Batt, Christopher Convery, Connor Ratliff
92 min

What it's about

The dramatic comedy is based on the true story of writer and pinball wizard Roger Sharpe, chronicling his journey to overturn New York City’s 35-year ban on pinball.

The take

Told in a playful mockumentary format, Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game delivers precisely what the title promises and a bit more. Apart from imparting interesting information about pinball's complicated past (it was only declared legal in New York as recently as 1976), the film doubles as a touching family drama and a fun experiment on genre. As Robert Sharpe, the real-life games expert who helped decriminalize pinball, Mike Faist is winsome, compelling, and maybe the best thing about the film.

While Pinball could've leaned into its silliness more instead of just dipping its toes in avant-garde territory, the film is pleasant enough with plenty of fun and tender moments to enjoy. 

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