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Personal Sergeant (2004)

 -  Drama  -  16 November 2004 (USA)
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Crusty Korean war veteran Chuck Manetta is less than thrilled when his teacher son Paul makes him babysit his spunky soccer obsessed ten-year-old granddaughter Jenny. However, things perk ... See full summary »

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Celine Marget ...
Jenny Manetta
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Julie Carpenter ...
Ellen Manetta
Bernadette Drayton ...
Barbara
Paul Sado ...
Jason
Ira Lewis ...
Ralph
John Corrigan ...
Leon
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Tommy
Anthony Berry ...
Earl
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Tony
Preston Simpson ...
Ray
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Alice
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Dave
Alyssa Trupelli ...
Glenda
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Crusty Korean war veteran Chuck Manetta is less than thrilled when his teacher son Paul makes him babysit his spunky soccer obsessed ten-year-old granddaughter Jenny. However, things perk up when Chuck starts whipping Jenny into shape so she can play in the local grade school varsity soccer team. Written by Woodyanders

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A young soccer player gives an old soldier one last fight.

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Rated PG-13 for language
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Nice Ensemble Acting
26 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Saw this at a private screening in NYC.

A Korean War vet comes to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter -- yes, there are four main characters, not two per the present IMDb site -- and manages to forge a surprisingly (because non-Hollywood) strong bond with the young soccer- playing girl.

The script avoids stereotypical goings-on; everything seems pretty darn real and nicely balanced. No mushy gushy, no 100% cures, no neatly tied ends. Just a really interesting shift and flow among the relationships, some unexpected but believable twists and turns.

The husband and wife each get their moments two, and the relationship between them -- and between them and the older/younger generation -- is partly what gives this film such a nice ensemble feeling.

The rest of the cast includes other vets, who we meet in a wonderful little scene at their 'club'.


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