"ALL-STARS" follows a girls' 10-year-old fastpitch softball team and their families through a recreation league season that culminates in the selection of the coveted 10-and-under All-Star ...
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"ALL-STARS" follows a girls' 10-year-old fastpitch softball team and their families through a recreation league season that culminates in the selection of the coveted 10-and-under All-Star team. Lance Grayden, a veteran coach who left the league years ago when his daughter moved to an elite softball club team, and then college, has returned to "give something back" to the community. He assumed he'd be coaching a 16-and-under team of seasoned and accomplished competitors, but instead is saddled with a 10-and-under team of inexperienced players. Not only is he forced to go back to the basics and teach the fundamentals of the game to the little girls, half of whom would rather be in the dugout eating snacks, but he also faces the greater challenge of riding herd over their over-eager, overly ambitious, and entirely delusional parents whose ridiculous behavior is more suited to five-year-olds than adults. Lance also faces a personal decision about whether it's more important to win at all... Written by
"All-Stars," told in the mockumentary style of "Best in Show" and "This is Spinal Tap," follows the antics of helicopter parents and self-important officials of a 10-year-old girls fastpitch softball league in Santa Monica, California. Anyone involved with youth sports will immediately recognized the characters, which include a temper-challenged dad, the stats-obsessed guy chasing a scholarship and the mother in denial about her daughter's (lack of) talent, but the stereotypes especially ring true for anyone associated with fastpitch. At 10, "every girl is Jenny Finch," says writer, producer and director Lance Kinsey, who also plays the head coach.
The players -- a real softball team, natch -- are adorable, but not really the focus of the movie. Instead, it's a hilarious send up of anxious parents scheming to see their children make the post-season all-star team. The cast is filled with recognizable character actors who play their roles perfectly.
Note: This movie really is NOT for kids, unless you don't mind harsh language and some sexual innuendo.
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