The Catcher Was a Spy

Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Well-made spy thriller has some war violence, language.

R 2018 98 minutes

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This movie is about sexuality. It has a hard time maturing past that theme to become a well-developed, historically-important drama. Anyone interested in a purely historical drama the likes of The King’s Speech or Finest Hour will have to keep looking. The main sex scene at the beginning is rough and seemed to be making a point that Moe was trying too hard (after a fight with another ball player) to prove he was masculine and straight...despite multiple implications from the beginning that he was not. As a result, it comes off more as a frustration-based forcing of rough sex from an impersonal position on a girl he cares nothing about. Why it needs to have this or anything else about sex is truly lost on me. It takes a long time to get into any substance about the spying, which I thought was supposed to be the plot. Virtually every conversation and interaction talks about his sexuality, including uses of the phrase, “I don’t care who you f***, as long as you do your job,” etc. Even if Moe’s homosexuality was a historical fact, how it made him better or worse at espionage is lost on me, and it adds nothing but speculation to a story that is supposed to draw attention to important facts about a brilliant man’s life. The rough, impersonal sex and coarse talk about human sexuality would be enough reason not to let my kids watch it, but it’s slow, has bad language, and, as it speculates a whole lot, has no real trustworthy educational value.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
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