Calvin Marshall (2010)



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An unathletic junior college student works to realize his dream of playing for the MLB while courting a pretty volleyball player who displays the athletic prowess that he so sorely lacks. Calvin Marshall (Alex Frost) is a good kid with big dreams. Despite knowing that the young player will never make it to the big leagues, his coach, Doug (Steve Zahn), recognizes Calvin's dedication to the game, and decides to keep him around as a morale-boosting bench warmer. Meanwhile, likeable Calvin strikes … More

Rating: R (for language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Gary Lundgren
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 21, 2010
Calvin Marshall Productions - Official Site


as Calvin Marshall

as Coach Little

as Tori Jensen

as Fred Deerfield

as Coach Dewey

as June Marshall

as Skeeter

as Mrs. Jensen

as Mrs. Jensen

as Tokheim

as Uncle Charlie

as Young Calvin

as Calvin's Mom

as Johnson

as Ian's Sister

as Assistant Baseball C...

as B-Sauce

as Volleyball Coach

as Assistant Coach

as Girl with Glasses

as Volleyball Referee

as Basketball Player

as Sondra's Band

as Sondra's Band

as Volleyball Blocker

as Volleyball Blocker

as Volleyball Blocker

as Volleyball Scout

as Volleyball Scout

as Pool Player

as Baseball Umpire

as White Oak Coach

as Chuck Williams

as Caretaker

as C-League Softball Co...

as Kid with Football
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Critic Reviews for Calvin Marshall

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Most baseball movies are about dreams; Calvin Marshall is a sentimental comedy about self-delusion, and the young actor Alex Frost can't find a way to make sense of Calvin, or to make him sympathetic.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Lundgren's screenplay beautifully juggles the story's alternately comic and poignant elements and renders all three main characters with surprising depth.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Aside from Zahn, thesping is uneven.

Full Review… | August 19, 2010
Top Critic

When you don't care about the character who gives a movie its name, you've got terminal problems.

Full Review… | August 18, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

[Director] Lundgren has a light touch and a weakness for wistful indie lullabies; it is the former that gives this classic coming-of-age film its distinctive ring.

Full Review… | August 17, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Director Gary Lundgren's Calvin Marshall eventually falls flat in its heavy-handed efforts to score an emotional homerun.

Full Review… | August 30, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Calvin Marshall

I put this movie off for a long time, because it was supposed to suck. Well, it didn't. Not at all. This was a rather enjoyable, rather well done little movie. Alex Frost (Calvin) reminded me ALOT of a young John Cusack. Nice movie...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

"Ambition Charm Delusion"

Calvin Marshall is the name of the movie and of the lead character. Calvin has high hopes of being a baseball superstar, but he can't even play for a little Junior College team. The coach let's him hang around though because he doesn't have the heart to tell Calvin that he just doesn't have any talent. 

This is by no means a great movie. It's an average one at best, but it has a lot of likable qualities. First, all of the characters are likable. Calvin is a hard working and nice kid who loves baseball. The girl he likes Tori is a beautiful, charming, and nice star volleyball player, who is going through a tough time. Coach Little, played really well by Steve Zahn, is a hard ass on the field with his players and a drunk off the field. But we see what he's really like when he talks to Calvin. He may not admit it, but he likes having Calvin around.

Overall I enjoyed watching Calvin Marshall. It's not a movie that you feel the need to see more than once. It doesn't have a star-studded cast. It's not a big budget comedy with tons of laughs. It's just a charming little Indie Drama/Comedy that has a heart and is easy to like. If you need to kill an hour and a half, it's not too bad. If you never see it, well, that wouldn't be to big a deal.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


A hit comedy about losing

Great movie, I really enjoyed it. It was a smart but funny movie with a nice message. The film Calvin Marshall transcended your typical sports film to convey the choices we all face in life when it comes to following our dreams, our talents, and what is important in our life. It's not a fairytale story, or the story of the kid from the wrong side of the tracks overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, or the story of the washed up veteran making an improbable comeback, this is the story of everyman. Steve Zahn absolutely nailed his character and put up one of his best performances, if not the best performance, of his career. I love sport movies!

Calvin Marshall's childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball is in serious jeopardy as he can't seem to make the Bayford Bisons Junior College team. A poignant comedy about Calvin's deferred dream and the people in his life who want him to succeed.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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