REVIEW: THE PERFECT GAME
SYNOPSIS: Living amidst the gritty poverty of 1957
Monterrey, Mexico, a rag-tag group of boys from the other
side of the tracks discovers the joy of sandlot baseball
under the guidance of Cesar, an aspiring Major League Coach
thwarted by discrimination. Armed with the dream of playing
a real Little League® game, the young team members defy a
total lack of resources, disapproving parents, and
widespread prejudice to score their first Little League®
victory on U.S. soil and find themselves at the beginning of
a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Relying on their religious
faith, a warm-hearted priest and their love of the game, the
nine players and their coach embark on an incredible,
record-breaking winning streak that leads them across the
border to southern Texas, and all the way to the 1957 Little
League® World Series in Williamsport, PA, where a miracle
will cement their place in history and change their lives
REVIEW: My 13 year old daughter plays in a softball league for girls. Just to shake it up a bit, I figured it would be a good idea to have her give us her thoughts of this pleasantly surprising movie given the nature of it.
The Perfect Game was an awesome movie. It was filled with laughter, emotion, and determination. The way the movie was created was incredible. Some scenes switched from black and white to color in a way that was great.
The fact that this was a true story made it so cool. The actors were great. We had Jake T. Austin from the hit Disney show, Wizards of Waverly Place and Moises Arias from Hannah Montana and a bunch of other kids. The Coach and Assistant Coach who is also the teams’ Priest were played by awesome actors, Clifton Collins Jr. and Cheech Marin.
The movie itself gave a great sense of pride and the teams’ determination was so awesome. The faith that the kids and adults had in the team even though they were such a small, unknown team helped them believe that they can become so big and undefeated.
The big story is about these random street kids in Monterey, Mexico that have a big dream of playing in the United States as little league baseball players. They, of course, reach their dream, begin to win, and begin to be known all around the U.S. But there is the negativity of Angel’s (Jake T. Austin) dad (Carlos Gomez) expecting him to never reach his brother’s excellence. Angel’s dad was bitter because his other, older son had died. Angel is one of the pitchers of this team and he does reach excellence. This movie was a great real life underdog story. Being so little never means you should give up easily.
My daughter really enjoyed this movie. She liked it so much that she wants me to get her the DVD whenever it comes out. I will oblige only because I really enjoyed it too. It was a touching film that is arguably one of the best underdog stories to be presented on the big screen in a long time. You’ve got to put the film in perspective as far as time frame. Baseball in the 50s for minorities was more than challenging; even more so for this team composed of poor Mexican children. There is this one scene where they practically worship a baseball that incidentally fell into their possession. They worshiped it because they have never had a real baseball in their possession. Being discriminated and overlooked, this team had to rely on their unrelenting desire and their game to speak for them and did it ever. This was a great, fast paced, feel good movie that I would recommend especially if you are a fan of the sport. But this movie is a lot more than just about the sport of baseball; it’s about faith in a team, faith in God, and faith in people regardless of race and regardless of the obstacles.
By Cine Marcos
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Director: William Dear
Writer: W. William Winokur
Duration: 1hr 58mins
Staring: Clifton Collins Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
Emilie de Ravin
Producer: Daniel de Liege
Mark W. Koch
W. William Winokur
Distributor: SLOGAN RELEASING
for some thematic elements
Release Date: April 16, 2009
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