This list is for underrated sports films, obviously.
The Perfect Game
Dream for the fences.
Based on a true story, a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series.
For the most part, this baseball marathon has been significantly domestic, featuring very little in the way of international flair for the game. Of course, baseball is America's game, and the movie business is mostly centered around America, catering to American audiences. But for a sport like baseball which is such a big deal in many other countries, I would have imagined that story line may have been played up a little more. To this point the titles which do explore international play have been very Japanese centric with the exception of Sugar. But Latin America is a hotbed for passion for the game and tremendous talent. It somewhat amazes me that a Roberto Clemente biopic has yet to be…
The Perfect Game: Or how a certain sports movie formula no matter how overdone always provides a decent watch. Seems just the same to me as McFarland, USA, but still doesn't disappoint.
Just like every other movie about baseball or any other sport, but still really good.
A touching & heartwarming movie. Although the ending is predictable, we've come to expect the David-&-Goliath trope in sports movies - & this is no exception.
Based on a true story, this film follows the journey of a ragtag kids’ baseball team from Monterey, Mexico all the way to the 1957 Little League World Series. Real photos and news clips are interspersed, too. The obstacles they must overcome along the way make this a David vs. Goliath epic. It has themes of faith, romance, dogged devotion, family, teamwork and an innocence rarely found in movies outside Disney Studios. Cheech Marin delivers one of his best “straight” roles as the local priest, although some great one-liners keep it humorous. My personal fave was when one of the boys reveals he cut his foot on glass. The coach says, “You can’t play on that foot.” The boy replies, “Then I’ll play on the other one.”
A baseball film full of fun for the whole family, based on a true story. Definitely recommended for everyone who isn't a film snob but is simply looking for wholesome entertainment.
This was a really good movie and too bad it did not get as much publicity as it should have. I only decided to watch it for Patricia Manterola, one of the actresses in the movie; but being a Disney Channel fan, it helped that Moises Arias and Jake T Austin from Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place were in it. It really is just one of those feel good kind films that is perfect for family film day.
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