GREAT! Summer Movie…The Perfect Game

We saw a really good movie this weekend.  It is a film originally from 2009, but is out now as a rental release.  It is a heartwarming story where the underdog comes out on top.  The Perfect Game is based on the true story about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico, who became the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series in 1957, and have the only perfect game in championship history.

They come from a life of poverty but have big dreams.  They start out playing sandlot baseball and become friends with Cesar Faz (played by Clifton Collins, Jr.).  Cesar had dreams of becoming a Major League Coach, but discrimination forced him to move back to Mexico.  Cesar guides this group of young boys on an incredible journey that leads them across the border to America, where their record breaking winning streak takes them all the way to the 1957 Little League World Series.  While in the U.S., they must deal with racism, segregation, a language barrier, and visa troubles.  However, they soon become endeared to the media, a sports reporter, a groundskeeper (played by Louis Gossett, Jr.), a Reverend and his wife, and many new fans.

It is really a heartwarming story.  The kids are just so cute, and you will probably be familiar with some of the actors who play these pint-sized ball players.  Pitcher Angel Macias, the kid who pitched the perfect game, is played by Jake T. Austin (Max from Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place).  Another ball player is played by Moises Arias (Rico from Hannah Montana), and Ryan Ochoa is the catcher (from Lanny on Disney’s Pair of Kings and Chuck from the iCarly show).

In addition to being under Cesar’s guidance for baseball instruction, the boys are very close with their priest, Padre Estaban (played by Cheech Marin).  The boys have a very strong faith, which is evident throughout this film.

Even though you know what the ending will be, the movie is thrilling and you are really drawn to the characters.  I think is it a great family movie to watch.  (It is rated PG for some thematic elements.)  My family gives The Perfect Game a “3 Thumbs Up”.

Watch The Trailer Below:

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