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 up a tentative romance with Tori (Michelle Lombardo), a statuesque volleyball star with a quick smile and a warm heart. But just as Calvin and Tori are getting to know one another, the bumbling baseball player tells an innocent lie that threatens to destroy any chance for a meaningful relationship. Despite the many setbacks Calvin faces both romantically and professionally, he struggles with the realization that his only hope for getting the absolute most out of life is to accept the little disappointments along the way, and turn his failures into learning opportunities.
R (for language and brief sexuality)
Comedy , Romance
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Alex Frost
as Calvin Marshall
Steve Zahn
as Coach Little
Michelle Lombardo
as Tori Jensen
Jeremy Sumpter
as Caselli
Abbey Merow
as Susie
Diedrich Bader
as Fred Deerfield
Abraham Benrubi
as Coach Dewey
Darwin Barney
as Murphy
Jane Adams (II)
as June Marshall
Douglas Rowe
as Skeeter
Josh Fadem
as Simon
Terri McMahon
as Mrs. Jensen
Terri McMahan
as Mrs. Jensen
Rosie Thomas
as Sondra
Bill Rowe
as Tokheim
Larry Ziegelmeyer
as Uncle Charlie
Colin Cunningham
as Young Calvin
Jeanne Renaux
as Calvin's Mom
Jackson Rowe
as Johnson
Alexis Brown
as Ian's Sister
Marcus McDougald
as Assistant Baseball Coach
Brian Amlin
as B-Sauce
Jodee Scott
as Volleyball Coach
Aaron Chapman
as Assistant Coach
Tia Khachitphet
as Girl with Glasses
James Joy
as Volleyball Referee
J.J. Owens
as Basketball Player
Linda Case
as Nurse
John Askew
as Sondra's Band
as Sondra's Band
Jaclyn Hamilton-Smith
as Volleyball Blocker
Richelle Milsap
as Volleyball Blocker
Richelle Millsap
as Volleyball Blocker
Marsa Morse
as Volleyball Scout
Dennis Nicomede
as Volleyball Scout
Tony Boggs
as Pool Player
Charles Curt Farber
as Baseball Umpire
Greg Sorenson
as White Oak Coach
Mark Cunningham
as Chuck Williams
Scott Ford
as Caretaker
Dick Chamberlain
as C-League Softball Commissioner
Grayson Wagner
as Kid with Football
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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 19, 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 18, 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 17, 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
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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.
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
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
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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