Frankie Humphrees has never known any life besides one of ballet and strict practice of her grandmother. When Frankie visits the local ballpark, she spots a sign stating that there are ... See full summary »

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Phoebe Harkness
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Hazel Perez
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Antonio Perez (as Richard Yñiguez)
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Carlos Perez
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Larry Musser ...
Mayor Tom P. Harrison
Addison Ridge ...
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Carmine, Pup (as Richard deKlerk)
Tarik Batal ...
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Neil Denis ...
Abdul, Pup
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Mark, Pup
Stellina Rusich ...
Cynthia Anhault
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Millicent Ferrar
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Frankie Humphrees has never known any life besides one of ballet and strict practice of her grandmother. When Frankie visits the local ballpark, she spots a sign stating that there are tryouts for baseball. Frankie has always had an admiration for the sport but was never able to with her grandmother's disapproval of the sport and her busy ballet schedule. Once attending the tryouts, Frankie must figure out how to balance both ballet and baseball while keeping it a secret from her grandmother. With the help of her best friend Hazel, Frankie will learn that sometimes, you have to follow your own dreams, no matter what others think. Written by NikNak

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8 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Roots and Wings  »

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Coach Anhault: Uhmm, Radish and Frankie, you guys come with me.
Rajiv, Pup: It's Rajiv!
Coach Anhault: Rashnish, Grounder!
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Russian Dance
from "The Nutcracker"
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as P. Tchaikovsky)
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Baseball and ballet?
15 January 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is a very enjoyable "coming of age" film that the girls will love and the boys will loathe. Frankie and Hazel are girlfriends. Frankie has been studying ballet for nine years, standing in the shadow of her mother, who had been a prima ballerina before her untimely death. Since then, Frankie has been raised by her grandmother, who wants nothing but that she follow in her mother's footsteps. It's not that Frankie doesn't want to be a ballerina, but that she doesn't "just" want to be a ballerina. Indeed, the day comes when she starts thinking about boys, and that leads her to taking an interest in baseball. That is, she tries out for membership in a baseball team composed entirely of boys her age.

In contrast, Hazel is something of an outspoken feminist, who at the age of thirteen presumes to run against the mayor of their obviously small town. In fact, there are recorded cases of adolescents from small towns doing that, so it is at least believable. Also, there is no reason to deny that a girl interested in ballet couldn't also take an interest in baseball, unlikely though it may seem. Therefore, the story makes a convincing case for both of their interests. The reason why the "girls" will love it is because girls are represented seriously, unwilling to stand on the sidelines of life, and for just that reason, their ambitions tend to annoy the boys. Boys don't "want" girls to be competing with them on their turf because it adds too many other complications. Not much depth here, but a pleasant story.


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