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Perfect Game, The (2010)
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
For some thematic elements
Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Clifton Collins Jr., Cheech Marin, Louis Gossett Jr., Emilie de Ravin, Bruce McGill, Patricia Manterola
W. William Winokur
Perfect Game, The (2010)
In 1957, a barefooted, rag-tag team of boys from poverty-stricken Monterrey, Mexico defy extraordinary odds to become the first foreign team to win Little League World Series - doing so in a perfect game, the only one in championship history. Based on a true story, "The Perfect Game" tells the tale of how their miracle changed not only their lives, but an entire city's destiny.
Perfect Game, The (2010) | Review
Aiming For A Field With No Boundaries
Earnestly, and sometimes over-, acted, the movie will endear itself to fans of movies like Angels in the Outfield, Little Big League, and The Rookie. Collin and his gaggle of boys provide most of the dialogue, and the production flashes back the action from contemporary times to understanding what it was like to be dirt poor and discriminated against. Some of the moments like the breakthrough between the star pitcher and his father are cheesy, but this movie isn't designed to win an Oscar; it's trying to win your hearts.
While there have been a significant number of sports-related movies that espoused teamwork (Invincible, Coach Carter) over lots of world-expected values, and there have been a few more which battled through the racial discrimination leveled against African Americans (Pride, Remember the Titans), few of them have allowed for the opportunity to examine discrimination against Hispanics. One might say that the Little League win in the 1950s was significant for baseball, but it seems that the world of American society might still need some more nudges toward real equality in 2010.
I don't intend to give the impression that the movie is overly serious, though. What would you expect would happen when a bunch of kids aspire to something that no one says they can, even their parents, friends, and other loved ones? What would you expect to happen when they succeed and their triumph is the triumph of the community? Well, those interplays, those highs and lows, are the basis for the movie, about a group of Davids who refused to believe they couldn't take on the Goliaths. And they made their story picture perfect.
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