December 8, 2006
Director: James Ponsoldt
MPAA Rating: R (for a crude sexual remark)
Screenwriter: James Ponsoldt
Starring: Nick Nolte, Trevor Morgan, Timothy Hutton, Sally Kirkland
"Off the Black" is a coming-of-age story of teenager Dave Tibbel (Morgan) who copes with his own distant father (Timothy Hutton) by forming an unlikely friendship with a disheveled, irascible high school umpire, Ray Cooke (Nolte). As they grow more dependent on each other, Ray asks Dave to go to his 40th high school reunion and pretend to be his son, a benevolent act of deception that winds up opening unexpected dimensions in the two men.