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Perfect Game [Blu-ray] [Import]

Clifton Collins Jr. , Cheech Marin , William Dear    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray

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From the director of Angels in the Outfield comes the incredible true story of the underdog foreign Little League team who inspired two nations.

Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek) heads an all-star line-up of some of Hollywood's brightest young stars as Cesar, who returns to his native Monterey, Mexico after his major league career is cut short. Moises Arias (Hannah Montana), Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place) and Ryan Ochoa (iCarly) costar as impoverished baseball-loving kids who recruit him to coach their rag-tag team. Together, they beat the odds and overcome hardships and bigotry to compete in the 1957 Little League World Series.

Screen favourites Cheech Marin (Spy Kids), Lou Gossett Jr. (Iron Eagle), Bruce McGill (Animal House), Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and David Koechner (Anchorman) are featured in this uplifting story in the winning tradition of Hoosiers that Boxoffice magazine cheered as "inspiring, richly entertaining, heartfelt... a perfect family movie."

Rating: PG for some thematic elements
Colour Format: Colour
Audio: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
16:9: Yes
Run Time: 117
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of Discs: 1
Closed Captions: No
Subtitle: English, Spanish


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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Game is a Winner! March 4 2009
By L. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
I was privileged to see this in preview before its scheduled theatre release date in August of 2008. Unfortunately, it never made it to theatres, but is Well worth the purchase. It is a heartwarming, beautiful movie with a message that is serious, but not serious enough to take anything away from the good humor of this film based on a true story that deserves to be retold for ages to come. Cheech Marin and Clifton Collins, Jr. (Gonzales-Gonzalez) give awe-inspiring performances, and a number of timely issues like women in sports reporting, racism, prejudice, and unfortunately stereotypical white baseball players from the 50's (sad-to-say, from my childhood home team of the St. Louis Cardinals) who give the only vulgar reference, to an athletic supporter, in the entire movie. Truly gives you something to cheer about. A MUST-SEE!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic true story about one of the biggest underdogs in baseball history, great for the whole family. I say A- July 27 2011
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"They weigh 35 pounds less and are about 6 inches shorter, but in every other way they are like the American kids." The unbelievable true story about a little league team from Mexico with dreams of playing in the little league world series. The movie starts with Cesar (Collins Jr.) being realeased from the St. Louis Cardinals and moving back to Mexico. A group of kids who love baseball recruit him to be thier coach. When they are finally approved to get a official little league team thier journey begins. This is a fantastic movie. While I'm sure liberties were taken, this is a movie so unbelievable that it if weren't true it would be way too cheesy to be good. As it is though, this movie is a little hokey in some parts, but the fact that it's true makes it OK. For those that know the story behind this it will be very enjoyable to you. For those that don't I won't give anything away but do yourself a favor and watch this movie. Overall, a very touching baseball movie that is good for the whole family. A real like "Sandlot". I really like it, but I also am a sucker for sports movies. I give it an A-.

Would I watch again? - I think I would
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Game April 18 2010
By Samuel C. Flores - Published on Amazon.com
What a dramatic movie !! How a small poor team from a third world country can be so powerful on courage, stamina and overcoming prejudice !!! I recommend this movie who believes than anything that cannot come true can come true ! A must see movie for all parents who have kids that play baseball that they to can be world champions !!
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 5-Starfish Gem & the Power of Dreams! Watch it on Apr 16 opening day April 12 2010
By 10-yr-old Movie Critic - Published on Amazon.com
The review will be published on We Chinese in America newspaper on the film's opening day 4-16-2010! and

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I will also review this film on San Diego's KUSI channel 9 on opening day April 16 at 7:20 am.

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Have you ever had a dream or vision that is almost impossible to achieve? In the film "The Perfect Game," a rag tag gang of boys from a rural poor area of Monterey, Mexico had a dream of playing Little League Baseball in America. Under their circumstances, you could call that dream impossible, but it is based on a true story in the 1950's.

The main characters of this film are Angel Macias, the gutsy talented pitcher of the Monterey Little League team, and the straight-talking coach Cesar, who gives the team inspiration, courage, and lots of laps (hard work!).

Angel became miserable once his older brother died and his father deserted him while grieving for the dead brother. Angel ran away from home when he heard his father saying he would never be like his older brother. He soon recovered his good spirit when he found a baseball that was the property of the St. Louis Cardinals team. Each one of his friends was enraptured and in awe as they marveled at the real baseball (A ball was a big find in their village. They were so poor that they used grass, yarn, and twigs to make a baseball).

The budding team was still in need of a coach though, so Angel set out to find one. While practicing his skills, he woke up a man having his siesta. His name was Cesar who worked at the same steel plant as Angel's father, and he claimed that he was the coach of the St. Louis Cardinals. With disheveled hair and dirty, sweaty clothes, Cesar did not look like a coach at all! But what caught Angel's eye was his perfect pitch and unrivaled batting skills! How did the coach of the famous St. Louis Cardinals end up in a dirt poor place like Monterey, Mexico? You will find out that Cesar had a secret past...

Another key character is the priest from the church in Monterey. He gives the boys confidence, imagination, wisdom, and love with gentle strength. He is like a solid rock for the boys to lean on. The boys are connected to him and refused to play until he gave them the blessings.

Under the leadership of coach Cesar, the boys went on an unimaginable winning streak across America, beyond their wildest dreams!

In a moving scene in the film, the Mexican boys walked over to the lone black kid who was on the opposing American team, and shared their lunch with him. In the 1950's, the racial landscape was an embarrassing page in American history: African Americans and Mexicans cannot share bathrooms or dining areas with whites. So the discriminated united together.

My favorite part of the film was when Angel and his dad made up at the end. It was really touching and my mom even cried. A funny scene was when the boys introduced the new player whose names was Mario to coach Cesar as "good with girls."

The Perfect Game is absolutely Perrific! It is flawless, and I give it 5 starfish, the first live action film to receive 5 starfish rating! Wow, that is worth celebrating! It has all the right ingredients that make a "Perfect" movie: It grabs your attention right away with rich characters, awesome storyline, and unexpected twists and turns. It even has some light-hearted romance mixed in, and sprinkles of humor throughout. At the press screening, I heard explosions of laughter in the theater from kids and adults alike. I urge everyone to go see this inspiring film when it opens on April 16! Remember to bring a lot of Kleenex...

I can relate to this movie because I had an almost impossible dream too and I achieved it!!! I always thought that I am a better artist than a movie critic because I have been drawing since I was three and writing movie reviews since I was eight. My dream was to become a real artist and filmmaker. Last Friday (April 2), the Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton and his director friend Kevin Sean Michaels invited me to animate their next new film! I was ecstatic when I heard the news!

The new animation film, based on a true story, is about Ingrid Pitt, a young Jewish girl who survived the concentration camp during the Holocaust. It is called "Beyond the Forest." I met Bill Plympton and Kevin Sean Michaels last year at Comic-Con in San Diego where Plympton's animated short "The Fan and the Flower" (which I LOVED and gave 5 starfish rating) was screened at the San Diego International Film Festival. Plympton and Michael were surprised to see the impromptu "Hot Dog" drawing I made right next to Plympton's own "Hot Dog" from his short with the same name. We became fast friends right there!

I have always loved movies and saw my first movie when I was three years old. I became an "accidental" 8-year-old movie critic in November 2008 when my mom asked me to write a movie review for "Charlotte's Web." She wanted me to do something more challenging after my 3rd grade teacher Ms. Joli Harris told her at the parent teacher conference that I was decoding words at high school level. I could never imagine when I wrote my first movie review that one day I would have the opportunity to interview some of the most talented filmmakers from my favorite movies. I was honored to meet and interview the Oscar-winning Pete Docter of Up, Oscar-nominee John Musker and Ron Clements of "The Princess and Frog," Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders of "How to Train Your Dragon," and multiple award-winning French animation master Michel Ocelot of "Azur & Asmar." That's why "The Perfect Game" truly resonates with me.

This movie is about faith, perseverance, teamwork, overcoming racial prejudice, and the power of dreams: If you believe, you can achieve!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Fine Family Fare: A Remarkable Historical Event Reduced To A Lightweight Comedic Fable July 29 2011
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray
If ever there was a movie that showcased the difference between "Based on a True Story" and actual reality, William Dear's "The Perfect Game" would stand as a prime example. While a serviceable entertainment that is completely expected and thoroughly non-challenging, the film doesn't feel the least bit authentic. Yes, it has heart. Yes, it aims to be a crowd pleaser. Yes, apparently many people love it. This genial and unassuming movie is family friendly and its deficiencies are easy to overlook--especially by younger viewers. What's not to love? Utilizing every established underdog cliche from every routine sports story, the film hits all the beats necessary to be comfortable and safe. Kids may well love it. But it takes a fantastic, and almost epic true story, and drains the realness out of history to become a lightweight comedic fable.

The movie chronicles the formation of a misfit Little League team in Monterrey Mexico. In 1957, this motley crew crossed the border, challenged much larger and more experienced teams, and ascended to the Little League World Series. It was the first time an International team qualified for the World Series and the only time in history a perfect game was pitched during this competition. It is an absolutely stunning story! Had it been played straight, this might have made a powerful biographical narrative. These kids challenged all expectations and restrictions to be world champions. In real life, they came from an existence of poverty and hardship and faced bitter prejudice and overt racism. Don't worry, though, in "The Perfect Game" these are minor issues and mild lessons to be learned.

The boys are remarkably precocious and modern. Their sass and attitudes reflect current sensibilities, but have little to do with the actual time period of 1957 or their culture. The coach (a nice Clifton Collins Jr.) is saddled with a strained comedic side plot--his attempts at romance are remarkably inept. The boys are certainly wise and witty on the subject of wooing the ladies. Nothing in Monterrey feels remotely real in its tone. Any unpleasantness (such as the aforementioned racism) is slight and easily solvable--or, at least, not worth revisiting in this feel-good saga. I didn't hate "The Perfect Game." As a work of fiction, it's a pleasing enough concoction. But the true and incredible story is done a disservice by this superficial portrait. Predictable and enjoyable--but lacking in genuine authenticity--I know I'm in the minority. I just wanted to experience the real story of triumph and not just another exercise in underdog cliche. KGHarris, 7/11.
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