mrschristine.com

A League of Their Own

Published August 30, 2019

A League of Their Own

Film info

  • Title A League of Their Own
  • Director Penny Marshall
  • Year 1992
  • Run time 2hrs 8m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama
  • Tagline To achieve the incredible, you have to attempt the impossible

It's a home run with this hilarious and beloved comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna. With baseball lineups and locker rooms left empty during World War II, the newly-founded All-American Girls Baseball League brought talented women to the big leagues - and brought fans to the stands. The indomitable Dottie Hinson (Davis) finds herself leading a rag tag group of players who end up winning over the heart of their has-been coach, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks). Lori Petty, Rosie O'Donnell and Jon Lovitz round out the all-star roster. Based on the true story of the pioneering women who blazed the trail for generations of athletes.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:00I do envy kids with basketball hoops in their yards.
6:13I’m sorry, baseball took on Nazis?
11:16“Don’t run, you’ll scare the chickens!”
15:34Armchairs on trains is nutso.
21:10“You see, how it works is, the train moves, not the station.” He’s an ass, but I really like him.
24:14Actual Madonna tho.
26:23A most excellent training montage.
28:58“What do you think we are, baseball players or ballerinas?”
31:20This film is a five before Tom Hanks walked on set, took him half an hour, but hooray!
41:29“She’s also an accomplished coffee maker.” I didn’t know that was a skill. That’s going on my CV.
50:28“Let’s make like a bread truck and haul buns, ladies.”
59:44Not sure if Hanks’ character is better unconscious or ranting.
1:04:21On the one hand, the sexism is awful but on the other, these women are awesome.
1:07:15Catching in your hat might be fancy, but does it actually count?
1:10:28I like them together.
1:24:49The “still got a game to play” attitude is just incredible.
1:27:06Didn’t say he loved her back though.
1:29:33“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.”
1:41:26Ooh, I do like baseball… got carried away watching the game.
1:51:05Ugh, giving up all that for snotty kids.
1:56:10That actually is the same kid grown up. They found a time machine from somewhere.

Thoughts

It took me a long time to get round to watching this film, despite the fact Mr C has been saying how good it is for many years. I think it might be because Madonna is in it, and, for whatever reason, that was putting me off.

Never mind though, because I’ve watched it now and oh my god, I loved it. I really think it has shot up to be one of my favourite films. The women are all brilliant, the relationships interesting, the situation stressful and competitive and sporting and sad and overwhelming all in equal measure.

The backdrop of the war means there’s always a threat hanging over the air, combined with the sexism and the fact that this is a brand new league trying to get off the ground and change people’s opinions, means there’s a lot going on besides just baseball. There’s still more that could be said too - the black woman left on the sidelines despite having a heck of a throwing arm, everyone laughing at poor Marla and then she’s the one that gets married first, the fact that Dottie went back to her husband probably out of duty and lived that life, when things could have been very different.

Many layers to this film, but it works even if all you want is just a good sports movie.

Rating: 5 / 5

← Previous The Spy Who Dumped Me
Next → Under Siege