Take Me Out

A street peddler whistles the familiar tune, and a young boy eagerly yanks on his father’s sleeve. “Can we go see it, pop? Oh, please will you take me out to the ball game?” It’s usually the kid, I imagine, begging the parent to watch or play sports.

Take Me Out poster“Take Me Out” opens with this song plunked out on a piano at a begrudgingly slow tempo, out of reluctance, resistance, or maybe resentment. “Take me out” is the wish of the middle child rebelling against the family’s expectation that he follow in the athletic steps of his older brother, who is in turn fulfilling the wishes of their baseball-obsessed father, who is trying to live vicariously through his sons. Nicholas is facing other teenager problems with school, friends, and girls, but the core issue is at home base: family conflicts and baseball pressures.

As the family members deal with deceit, failure, loss, and love, baseball slides in and out of the film’s focus. Nicholas is warned that “girls are nothing but a distraction” from the pursuit of professional activity, like playing baseball. It is not until a patient old man teaches him all he knows about girls that, as going past third base with her, Nicholas comes to feel at home with baseball. Will he make a home run back into his father’s approval? You can take baseball out of the family, but you can’t take the family out of baseball.

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Take Me Out runs 83 minutes and will be shown Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. during Film Block 6 with the short Through my EYEs as part of Denton Black Film Festival. To purchase tickets at the online box office, click here.