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In the very last scene of Moneyball (2011), Billy listens to song that his daughter recorded for him while driving in his car.

She changed the lyrics in the end, singing

You're such a loser, dad,
you're such a loser dad,
just enjoy the show.

I don't quite understand what her motivation here is for calling him that. He achieved what he wanted, to change the game. He also did not accept the high priced offer to change teams, so he was staying in town (what she wanted).

So I guess she is meaning it in some sort of ironic way? Can anyone shed some light on her motivation to change the lyrics in this way?

As it is the last thing you hear before the movie goes dark, I guess its supposed to have some meaning I don't get.

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May be just for teasing. –  Ankit Sharma Feb 26 '13 at 13:44
    
I think her teasing is a writer's commentary on traditional notions of "winning." –  Dan Feb 26 '13 at 14:17

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Most reviewers are referring to it as something akin to a "loving, teasing tweak." Here's a take from a reviewer at Baseball Nation:

In professional sports, there's no epithet worse than loser ... but of course, in this context -- the context of a loving relationship within a movie that's less about winning than thinking -- it's not an epithet at all. It's a term of endearment, a message of love from a daughter to her father and also from the filmmakers to us ... It doesn't matter if the A's didn't win the World Series. It didn't matter if Billy Beane was, and still is, a "loser" according to the traditional standard. He's a winner because he fought the good fight and because his daughter loves him enough to sing him a song, and tease him.

This review compares the movie to the book, with nods to the movie humanizing Billy Beane in a way the book did not. I have read the screenplay for the movie, and it doesn't end the way the movie does, which is interesting.

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how does the screenplay ends ? –  Francisco Corrales Morales 7 hours ago

People today take things too literally. Billy has a close relationship with his daughter and this was / is an inside joke between them. She said in her intro "I rewrote this song for you"...."I hope you like it and don't let anyone else see it".... My only thought is the directors missed an opportunity or maybe created one, by not cutting to him in the end and having him burst into laughter when the song got to that point.

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have you even seen the movie.... Billy is a loser, always was and will be, but he wouldnt have it any other way... partly coz he is a perfectionist amd also his only goal in life is to win....:) and also the love of his doughter, but there he just has to maintain that relations. I know nothing about sports but i do know that if you are the best at the end of the season, people will think you are going to keep it up next season (this is how tickets are sold, sad actualy that is why i dont folow sports)

it does not matter if Casey's lirics say looser or that it was only in billys head... point is that you can never win when you are a perfectionist, there is just no beating youre self, you are always better than you were....

keep in mind just enyoj the show people... :) peace from Bosnia

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This last person touched on my take, which is that it was only in his head. Clearly, he does not taking losing well and clearly he is beating himself up at the end of the film. He pops in the CD and is staring off blankly into the distance and the camera keeps pushing in slowly to a tight shot of his eyes. The screen goes black and it is not until the titles regarding the Boston Redsox winning the series two years later before we hear the "loser" lyrics for the first time.

By all accounts, there was nothing in this film to suggest that Billy's daughter showed love through vicious humor and nothing in his personality to indicate that these lyrics would have made him laugh in that moment. Obviously, it's just a subjective opinion, but I ask, what do you think those lyrics caused more of? Laughter? or Shock that someone that loved him would say that in that moment?

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This doesn't seem to answer the question. Also, it's usually not a good sign if your "answer" ends with a question mark. –  Meat Trademark 7 hours ago
    
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