#8 – A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

19 Nov

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992) – Jimmy Dugan
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Synopsis – Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Tom Hanks – The team’s alcoholic coach.
Co-stars – Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Garry Marshall, David Straithairn, Jon Lovits,  & BILL PULLMAN.
Best Parts – Any time Jon Lovits is on screen/opens his mouth, when Geena catches the baseball in her hand, when Tom kisses Cuthbert, Hans Zimmer, The 1940’s dance club scene, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, When Hanks throws the baseball mitt at Stillwell. Marla, Marla’s dad, Tracy Reiner’s acting when she realizes George is dead.  When Madonna teaches Shirley how to read, The “All American” song they sing, Geena’s beauty… my God, that Tom’s pee session rivals Mr. Powers,  Dolores’s dad, Bill Pullman cause it’s Bill Pullman.
Worst Parts– Kit’s panic attach in the dugout – Calm the fuck down, the team losing, Stillwell – fuck that kid. The fact that older Dottie has Geena’s voice, but it isn’t Geena, but it looks so much like her, but it’s not her. Does she let Kit win or doesn’t she????!!! (I think she does. Let’s talk about it.), The civil rights moment they force down our throats with a knowing nod, the scene between Tom Hanks and Geena Davis on the bus when they talk about Bob, that telegram prick, old Geena’s reaction to Bob being recently dead – (meh, people die...)
Best Hanks Acting – Sober or drunk, the man gives one of his funniest, best performances in this movie throughout. Best moment: When he tries with all his might not to yell at Ellen Sue.
Best Line(s) – “Has anyone seen my new, red hat?” “I’m singin’da Nelson, aren’t I baby?”, and, of course…“There’s no crying in baseball” “Every trip I take, I gotta sit next to one of these guys. I’m too friendly.” “Did you promise the cows you’d write?” “Just goin’ home, shower and shave, give the wife a little pickle tickle and then I’m on my way.” “Did anyone ever tell you you look like a little penis with a hat on?” “Lord, I’d just like to thank you for that waitress in South Bend. You know who she was, she kept calling your name.” “You’re killing me. You’re killing me, Alice. You’re God Damn Killing me!”

Overall – This is one of Tom’s best performances. This movie is a feel good, heart wrenching, motivational triumph. The women are excellent and Tom leads the way.  (96 – A+)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE  – (D) 60 – 69
SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE – (F) – 50 – 59

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