The Perfect Game (2010)

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Critic Consensus: It's bogged down with an unfocused script and countless sports movie cliches, but The Perfect Game still manages to charm with its unabashed sweetness and a stirring final act.

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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, Penn., where a miracle will cement their place in history and change their lives forever. Based on the true story of the 1957 Monterrey Industrials Little League team, "The Perfect Game" is an inspiring and heartwarming tale of faith and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming odds.
Rating:
PG (for some thematic elements)
Genre:
Drama , Kids & Family , Sports & Fitness
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$1,000,000.00
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Cast

Bruce McGill
as Mr. Tanner
Cheech Marin
as Padre Estaban
David Koechner
as Charlie 'Mac' Tompkins
Matt Battaglia
as Coach McCallan
Tracey Walter
as Captain Slater
Chalo Gonzalez
as Maria's Father
Emilie De Ravin
as Frankie Stevens
Louis Gossett Jr
as Cool Papa Bell
Chris Mulkey
as Lucky Haskins
John Cothran Jr.
as Clarence Bell
Ruben Garfias
as Señor Suarez
Jake T. Austin
as Angel Macias
Moises Arias
as Mario Ontiveros
Maddy Curley
as Waitress
William Marquez
as Mexican Official #1
Ismael 'East' Carlo
as Fundidora Supervisor
Carlos Gomez
as Umberto Macias
Ernie Lively
as Coach Sam Hicks
Ramon Franco
as Señor Villarreal
Jansen Panettiere
as Enrique Suarez
Steve Seagren
as Umpire (Williamsport)
Sonya Eddy
as Rose Bell
Julieta Ortiz
as Señora Suarez
Ryan Ochoa
as Norberto
David Salzberg
as Dylan Texas Cowboy
Samantha Boscarino
as Gloria Jimenez
Carlos Compean
as Mexico City Coach
Wyatt Smith
as McAllen Player #1
Oliver Dear
as Officer Spike
Patrick McGreal
as Umpire (Louisville)
Gino Montesinos
as Mexican Official #2
Alfredo Rodriguez
as Jose 'Pepe' Maiz
Leticia Castillo
as Señora Onitveros
Karen Trella
as Brenda Louisville Tour Guide
Seraly Morales
as Oralia Macias
Jon Baggio
as Bus Ticket Clerk
Andrew Thatcher
as Immigration Officer
Mat Smith
as McAllen Player #2
William May
as Juan Zaraqosa
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Critic Reviews for The Perfect Game

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

Notable only for being a catalog of just about every kid-pic cliche' ever committed to film.

Full Review… | May 7, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Director William Dear is not one to miss a sentimental beat.

Full Review… | April 30, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

[From] the second minute of the movie I knew every single thing that was going to happen and there was not a single surprise.

April 19, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's an unabashedly corny but occasionally stirring dramedy based on the true-life story of scrappy young baseball players from Mexico.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

So overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can't find the tone to tell it effectively.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Anyone much older than, say, 10, will likely find the underdog saga sappy and manipulative, not to mention filled with sports movie cliches, including the following statement: "It will take a miracle to make them into a real team."

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Perfect Game

½

The Perfect Game is harmless and good hearted but it feels too cliche and unmemorable to be an effective sports film.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

Super Reviewer

I had read before that Mexico had won the Little League World Series in 1957 and 1958. What I hadn't read, was anything about this team. I had no idea what they had to go through just to make it happen. This could easily be considered the greatest baseball story of all time. They not only overcame the fact that they had never played organized ball before. They had to overcome financial issues, discrimination and not having a coach for a while. This team had some kids with real talent, and I think they won because they wanted it more. I thought the acting in this movie was a little forced, but it was not terrible. Cheech Marin does a good job playing the priest. It has some more famous child actors as well as Marin, including Jake T. Austin who plays Max on Wizards Of Waverly Place and Moises Arias who played Rico on Hannah Montana. I think all the kids do a pretty good job. The movie is supposed to have a relaxed, light-hearted and family friendly feel and it does. However, it does not have this in a cheesy way. It takes on racism, and shows how the Mexican team overcame racism not only for themselves, but for a black player from another team in a restaurant. It shows the impact that they left on the people who saw them play. A local Texas reporter who hates baseball eventually develops into a person who loves this team and wants to cover them at Williamsport. I like the part where they get advice from the groundskeeper, who turns out to be legendary Negro League player Cool Papa Bell. There were a lot of elements included in this movie that really make you think, that hold your attention and capture your imagination. I rented this from a Redbox and watched it twice before taking it back. This movie also made me want to learn more about the real life team and I found a lot of good articles. I would recommend this movie for any serious baseball fan, and for any family that is looking for a good film to watch together. It crosses that audience spectrum in the same way that The Sandlot, Angels In The Outfield, Little Big League and Rookie Of The Year do. This story/movie has become one of my favorites ever. Highly recommended. Don't expect an Oscar winner in production quality, but it's a great watch nonetheless. 2-10-14

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

A wonderful story, presented in a very hoaky, melodramatic way. A decent effort, but even I (who likes touching stories) found myself rolling my eyes in more than one scene. Another funny aspect to this movie: the kids from Mexico all talk English amongst themselves. However, when there is a scene with someone who only speaks English, they only verbalize in Spanish. That was very different.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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