Tuesday, March 11, 2014

03/11: Little Big League

Spring is almost here, baseball (my favorite sport to watch) is almost here as well, so I'm gonna go ahead and do a kids/baseball movie. It's almost like a fantasy movie not just for kids but for teens and adults too. After all, who wouldn't want to inherit a baseball team let alone a sports one?

Yes, that's exactly what happens to 12 year old Billy Heywood, whose grandfather owns the Minnesota Twins. One day though, his grandfather suddenly dies and in a pre-videotaped segment he reveals that Billy will get the Twins. Of course, it becomes a cool transition for the young pre-teen who also tries to be more adult-like while balancing his childhood education and activities. Billy is also faced with several challenges, business-wise, most importantly terminating his long-time verbally abusive manager, who Billy eventually takes over. Billy is faced with double duty in leading the Twins and turning around its morale. But he is also faced with his personal challenges at home too, including his two close friends.

A fun movie, from start to finish. I wish this would have been a bigger movie but in most ways its for the best. Unfortunately this also wasn't a sleeper hit very much, or one of those movies that got better with time. I do think every adult or at least someone who was a pre-teen at the time this movie came out (1994, as I was at the time) should show someone from the (Y or Millenials generation). I guarantee they would get a kick out of it. Not many well-known stars, unless you would recognize John Ashton from the Beverly Hills Cop movies. However, you'll also notice a lot of pro-ball players at the time in too, such as Eric Anthony and Rafael Palmeiro. Oh, and there's that great cameo from Ken Griffey, Jr. too.

My rating: 8 out of 10

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