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"Romance is a lot like baseball. It's not whether you win or lose. It's how you play the game."

Bull Durham is a romantic comedy that is set in the world of minor league baseball. Kevin Costner stars in the movie as Crash Davis. Crash is a minor league veteran catcher. He arrives in Durham, North Carolina after being traded. He is upset because Durham's team competes in the lowest level of the minor leagues. The team's manager explains to Crash that they traded for him because they wanted a veteran to help mentor their new number-one draft pick, Ebby Calvin Laloosh . Ebby is described by a coach as having a million dollar arm but a five cent head. He is young and just wants to have fun. Crash has the impulse to quit but can't face stepping away from baseball. While at a bar, Crash meets Annie Savoy, a veteran baseball groupie. She is as experienced in her role as Crash is in his. Ebby soon interrupts and when things escalate, he invites Crash to step outside for a fight. Ebby's overconfidence costs him as he ends up getting punched out by Crash. Crash then introduces himself as Ebby's new catcher.

Ebby and Crash are both invited to Annie's house after the tussle. She discloses that she only hooks up with one player each season, and they are the two finalists. Crash resists and Ebby wins by default. Annie and Ebby start to spend a lot of time with each other, and she gives him his new nickname, Nuke.

The season continues on with Crash doing his best to teach Ebby life and baseball lessons. He hilariously teaches him a lesson about listening to his signals by tipping off batters about what pitch is being thrown. Crash continues to be infatuated with Annie, but her commitment to Ebby gets in the way.

Late in the season Ebby gets called up to the big leagues. Annie is secretly relieved to have Ebby leave town and sets out to finally seduce Crash. As Ebby prepares for the big leagues, Crash and Annie begin to prepare for a life after baseball.

| 1988 | 1 hr 48 min | 7.1/10
Ron Shelton
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