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August 03, 2008

The Perfect Game

Perfect Here’s a sweetly mannered sports movie with heart, that's ideal for introducing baseball traditions and vocabulary to kids. The setting is 1957 in Monterrey, Mexico where former Cincinnati Reds ballboy Cesar (Clifton Collins Jr.) expresses his love for baseball by coaching a local group of ragtag baseball players to play in the Little League World Series. The movie is based on a true story of the only "perfect game" in the league’s championship history. It’s a small movie that doesn’t try to do too much, and even though the baseball sequences leave something to be desired, the movie works well enough for young viewers.

(Lionsgate) Rated PG, 118 mins. (B-) (Three Stars)

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