TIFF 2018: Our Review of ‘Screwball’

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TIFF 2018: Our Review of ‘Screwball’

People do try pretty hard to make this stuff up…

While admittedly executed in a fairly perfunctory style, Screwball leans on a classic documentary trick that allows the narrative to have a little bit of fun at its own expense while telling its story.

In Southern Florida, the beautiful and the elite will pretty much pay any price to stay there basking in sunshine.  Enter Anthony Bosch; a questionable doctor but masterful story teller as the man behind the BioGenesis scandal  and the subsequent doping scandals in Major League Baseball.  Filled with frank recaps and retellings of this story, it’s only fitting in a story where ever one involved is trying to hold on to their youth, that all the re-enactments are performed by children.

We’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t a film that truly reinvents the wheel, but director Billy Corben’s Screwball manages to take a topic and poke a little fun at it while also straddling that line and bringing up some very relevant points from the whole doping scandal at the highest levels of professional baseball.

We can’t help but goof a little on Bosch as a subject if only because he is so damn earnest about it, warts and all while at the same time we get to take a serious glance at how this whole thing truly got swept under the rug.

Screwball manages to be a crowd pleasing affair and expose all at the same time, which is OK by us.

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