Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (16 Sep 2002, numerous times on DVD, 3 Jun 2013)
Brief Synopsis – Based on a true story about a high school baseball coach who is challenged by his players to try out for a major league baseball team if they win the league championship
My Take on it – I heard about this movie while it was being made and as a baseball fan and a big fan of Dennis Quaid, I even bought the DVD before even seeing it.
No matter how much I loved the baseball aspects of this movie, what really hit me on a personal level was that we should all strive to fulfill our dreams no matter how old you are. (Ironically, it’s made by Disney)
At the time I watched this movie, I had a dream to be a police officer and this movie actually helped me realize that dream. For two years, I was an auxiliary police officer and this movie’s theme gave me the courage to eventually take a leave of absence from my job and I joined the Israeli Police Force.
Unfortunately, I realized quite quickly that it wasn’t for me and I only lasted 6 months before I decided to leave that line of work and return to my old job [which I had thankfully only taken a leave of absence from and not quit entirely 🙂 ]
Having watched this movie many times, it always make me feel very sentimental since this story was so dear to my heart.
Watching Jim Morris reach his dream always makes me tear up because I personally can relate to his hard decision and his success in reaching that dream.
Dennis Quaid is great here as always and this is ne of my favorites of his movies.
Look for a young Angus T. Jones (the 1/2 on Two and a Half Men) in his debut role as Quaid’s son.
Bottom Line – I love this movie, It’s got baseball galore, along with a message (from Disney) no less, that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
Rating – Oscar Worthy