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Take Me Out (2018)

Not Your Ordinary Day in the Park.


Joe Shanks


Joe Shanks (story), Joe Shanks

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Credited cast:
Sonya Barnes Sonya Barnes ... Carol Dupree
Angela Davis ... Dee Dee
Idrees Degas ... Farris Dupree
Lindsey Danielle Fackler Lindsey Danielle Fackler ... Sasha
Kristen Lizette Kristen Lizette ... Maxine
Terrence Mardis Terrence Mardis ... Avery Reynolds
Khaled Ridgeway Khaled Ridgeway ... Nate
Joe Shanks Joe Shanks ... Ricky Dupree
Darwin Smith Darwin Smith ... Nicholas Dupree
Germaine Smith Germaine Smith ... Marcus Dupree


Take Me Out is a dramatic, feature film with baseball at its center, about an upper class, black suburban, Chicago family. It will explore marriage, infidelity, education, and teenager relationships. Teenager, Nicholas Dupree, struggles with unwanted pressures of his over possessive father, Farris, while dealing with a sibling rivalry in his brother Ricky. With the help of his mother, Carol, and an old family friend, Mr. Johnson, a former major league baseball player, he finds his path in life. This film will display the major issues and a dramatic analysis of what goes on behind closed doors in the home of what seems to be the perfect all American family.

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Not Your Ordinary Day in the Park


Drama | Family | Sport







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20 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Once You See It, Follow Your Path
29 December 2018 | by TheAll-SeeingISee all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the baseball-centric title and marketing imagery: You don't have to know the difference between balls and strikes to find one of life's most compelling themes at work at the core of "Take Me Out."

That's because Joe Shanks retells the age-old story of purpose; of finding one's path naturally, borne of one's own conclusions and desires, and free from the claustrophobic expectations of others (clumsily well-intentioned or otherwise). On Shanks' side in his tale-telling is a series of astute casting choices: Darwin Smith, Sonya Barnes, and Idrees Degas deliver the core acting, and they do it in a way that allows us to get out of the weeds of technical evaluation of the film so its themes can better play on our heads and our sense of self: Am I doing what I want to be doing, and did I make my own choices in getting here?

Inevitably, this is the question that plagues us now and may be the last we ask of ourselves on our respective death beds. Between now and then, filmic storytelling in exploration of this huge existential question will continue; some efforts will make the grade and others will slip, same as it ever was. Take Me Out meets the standard, and is the kind of brain food that inspires.

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