Roger, who has lost his mother, is living separated from his father. As he and his friend J.P. are fans of the California Angels baseball team, he has got only two dreams: living together with a real family and seeing the Angels winning the Pennant.Written by
Although the White Sox are portrayed as the heavies of the film, their history has been almost as tormented as that of the Angels. At the time of its production and release, the White Sox hadn't won an AL Pennant since 1959 or a World Series since 1917. The team did appear in the ALCS in both 1983 and 1993. Eleven years after the film's release, the White Sox ended their droughts by winning both the AL Pennant and the World Series in 2005. See more »
In the top of the ninth in the game against the White Sox, a sacrifice bunt moves the lead runner to second. In the next shot, the pitcher Mel Clark checks a runner at first, though there is only one man on base (at second). See more »
Roger, do you believe in heaven?
I guess. That's where they said my mom went.
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I enjoy movies like this for their spirit, no pun intended. Its a decent, clean movie about a baseball team that's falling behind, and a young fan wishes for them to win, since his deadbeat dad said that was the only way he'd come back for him.
The spirit shines through in two ways: A funny cast with Danny Glover and a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the heavenly herald Al, taking the dynamic form of Christopher Lloyd. Its an energetic movie. It gets you smiling, and really involves you in the sport.
Therein lies my gripe. the one thing that kinda bugs me is these sports movies that kind of turn you into an unexpecting fan for the team. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. I just find it odd that I should come away from the movie thinking the Angels are a strong, cool team, when really my base loyalty, such as it is, lies with the Toronto Blue Jays. It's interesting, really. If it's just a movie about an underdog kids team, then its okay.
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