Billy Beane (Pitt) is the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, a baseball team with the lowest budget in the entire league. The team makes it all the way to the last game of the season where they lose and suddenly they’re back at square one again; except this time, their three star players have been bought by bigger teams who can actually afford to pay them decent salaries.

Smarting from the loss, Billy vows to find a way to beat the system and make a championship-winning team out of the financially challenged Oakland A's. While looking for solutions to his dilemma, he meets Peter Brand (Hill), a recent Economics graduate from Yale who is a firm believer in the merits of analyzing the players’ worth according to statistics instead of perceived talent.

Beane is completely fed up with the constraints of the baseball system that decree whether or not you need to have an open budget at your disposal to be able to put together a halfway decent team. He has to find a way to assemble a team that is greater than the sum of its parts and not just a bunch of star players thrown together. Pitt conveys Beane’s exasperation at the injustice of the system well and he makes it seem completely rational when he puts his career on the line just to test out this newfangled system.

Brand is the kind of character that would usually go to Jesse Eisenberg; not Jonah Hill. He’s a super smart guy with little people skills and an all-consuming faith in the merits of this system that everyone seems to scoff at. He’s taken completely by surprise when Beane expresses an interest in what he has to say, being more accustomed to people completely ignoring his existence. Hill is decent as the unconfident and awkward geek even if he does occasionally border on autistic.

This film is based on a true story and the filming style keeps that firmly in mind. There’s plenty of footage of old baseball matches and some of the shots are similar to those of documentaries. It’s an interesting technique and a perfect fit for the film.

Baseball novices will find a lot of the jargon flying way over their heads. The basic theme - a man wanting to change the system and democratize it - comes over loud and clear. However, if you don’t understand the technicalities of the new data analysis system championed in the film, you may not appreciate just how revolutionary this new approach was.

Moneyball is very heavy on the dialogue and unsurprisingly, the most exciting bits involve Brad Pitt negotiating deals over the phone, and not any of the games. This is less of a film about the sport and more about a guy trying to make over the unfair system that governs it.