I just saw the most delightful movie, The Perfect Game. I love movies based on true stories. This one is truly inspirational. It is about a Little League baseball team that is started in Monterrey Mexico. These poor boys love baseball because their priest loves baseball. They become the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series.
Rotten Tomatoes wrote this synopsis of the story:
"Living amidst the gritty poverty of 1957 Monterrey, Mexico, a rag-tag group of boys from the wrong side of the tracks discovers the joy of sandlot baseball under the guidance of Cesar, an aspiring Major League Coach thwarted by discrimination.
Armed with the dream of playing a real Little League game, the young players defy a total lack of resources, disapproving parents, and widespread prejudice to score their first Little League victory and find themselves at the beginning of a once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Relying on their faith, a warm-hearted priest and their love of the game, the nine players and their coach embark on an incredible, record-breaking winning streak that leads them across the border to America, and all the way to the 1957 Little League World Series where a miracle will cement their place in history and change their lives forever."
There are two reasons why I would love to take children to see this movie. The first is the opportunity to discuss prejudice. The movie shows the hurtfulness of racism. It is shown from a child's point of view. I have not seen as many movies about prejudice against Mexicans. I remember seeing this as a girl growing up in West Texas. We have come a long way but this is something we need to teach our children so they will be the generation to eliminate it.
The second reason is the wonderful opportunity to talk about our faith in God. I am not even Catholic but could see God working through this priest and reaching into the hearts of these boys and their parents. If all priests could be like him, wow!
I usually don't write movie reviews but wanted to recommend this one highly. You can see the trailer here.