January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #43 of the 47.
Initial Viewing Memories – I bought the DVD of this film before even seeing it because the premise was so intriguing. After watching it, I was amazed at how powerful this film truly is because it has such an unbelievable message about choices we all make in life.
“You know what we get to do today, Brooks? We get to play baseball. ” – Jimmy
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (16 Sep 2002, numerous times on DVD, 3 Jun 2013, 11 Jan 2017 and 27 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of how a high school teacher/baseball coach makes a deal with his players that if they win the championship, he will try out for a Major League Baseball Team.
My Take on it – This is a film that I have loved ever since I first saw it because it spoke to me personally on such a high level.
The film’s message about fulfilling your dreams however you can is superbly shown here and resonates throughout the film.
As a baseball fan, this is such a great baseball story line that shows the way dreams can be achieved through hard work perseverance and of course drive.
The film is basically two connected stories that play one after another.
The first half of the film is all about the way that the character’s dreams were quenched along the way while life got in the way for him.
He becomes a science teacher and part time baseball coach yet feels unfilled because he never made his dream of playing professional baseball realized.
WE get to see how connected he is with his players and family during the first half and the kids on the team end up making a deal with his that if they win the championship, he’ll go to a Major League tryout.
The second half of this film deals with his trepidation to try out at the age of 35 and how he deals with making the decision of whether to follow his dream or tend to his family.
WE also get to see during this half of the film how he must deal with the fact that he doesn’t fit in with the other players due to his age and family situation, yet perseveres in order to fulfill his dream.
When this film came out in 2002, I was also at a crossroads in my life and just like this character I had an unfulfilled dream.
This film (along with numerous others factors) actually allowed me to make the choice of following my own dream.
Upon rewatching this film, I could empathize with the character’s plight during his “training” period and felt very similar to the way the character does as he climbs the ladder of his dream.
Just like this character, I was able to live my dream for a while, feel more fulfilled in life and then return to my “old life” knowing that I made the right choice in order to realize that dream even for just a short while.
For me, this film speak directly to me and the fact that it is based on a true story is further proof that it is possible, even at a later stage in life, to fulfill one’s dreams.
I can watch this film in order to raise my spirits whenever necessary because it carries a strong message of hope.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jim Morris was 35 when he was signed with the Devil Rays organization. Dennis Quaid was 47 when the film was shot in 2001. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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