The Perfect Game is a 2010 movie based on a true story by W. William Winokur of a group of Little League baseball players from Monterrey, Mexico and their journey to the 1957 Little League World Series in America. It’s one of those films that has the message that nothing is impossible if you have a little faith and determination not to give up. I was fascinated with the true story behind the film, and I love movies that make me want to do some research after watching them, whether it’s to find out if the story is really “true” or even just to find out if the technology or facts presented within the story check out. (You know that part in the movie Arrival where they mentioned that learning a new language re-wires your brain? Well, I looked that up as well, and it turns out that’s true. Didn’t know that.)
The story behind The Perfect Game is truly amazing and unbelievable. This team of poor Mexican boys who did not even own proper equipment (most of the sports equipment they used were homemade) had a dream to play in the Little League in America. They did not expect to do well, and (spoiler ahead… if you don’t want to know more, please jump to the last paragraph) most definitely did not expect to win the championship! These boys, led by pitcher Angel Macias, did not even have visas to remain in the US for longer than 3 days – they did not think they needed a longer stay than that as they expected to lose and go home. The Perfect Game in the title refers to the championship final, where Angel Macias pitched a perfect game, which still stands as the only perfect game in Little League championship history. (A perfect game is one where the pitcher does not allow any opposing player to reach base.) You can see why this was made into a movie – all the ingredients for an inspirational sports movie are here.
Now, having established that the story behind this movie is truly amazing, I’ll come to the movie itself. Well, here’s where I struggled a bit. Would I recommend this movie? Yes, I would not include movies I don’t recommend in my blog. Is it a REALLY good movie? It’s ok… but it’s not perfect… it kind of feels like a low budget movie, but it’s a movie with a big heart and the story of what happened back in 1957 deserves to be told and seen. And my blog is mainly to recommend movies like this anyway, not the latest blockbusters, but movies I enjoy that fall between the cracks. The Perfect Game is directed by William Dear and stars Clifton Collins Jr as the coach Cesar Faz and Jake T. Austin as Angel Macias. Pick this one up if you get the chance, you might find this inspiring. The trailer for the film is below.