My suggestion for this week’s Movie Monday is The Perfect Game (Feature Films for Families)...
One of my favorite things about The Perfect Game was that, because it is based on true story, original black- and-white footage is shown throughout the movie. The story opens with a man named Cesar who has lost his job with a baseball team and has returned to his home in Mexico as a laborer. His life has taken a turn for the worse and he survives day-to-day with his heart heavy with failure.
Enter into the story several young poverty-stricken Mexican boys who, under the care of a Catholic Priest, dream of becoming “real” baseball players. They listen to their favorite teams on the radio and practice in the streets with humble baseball equipment. What happens when Cesar and the boys’ paths cross?
This movie is a hidden gem among movies. There hasn’t been much publicity about it, and to me, that’s a shame. It is perfect family-night fare and includes valuable discussion lessons. For instance, is it all right to look down upon someone because of the color of their skin? The Bible tells us we are all made in His image. Other great discussion questions include: is it all right to lie to others about your past because of your shame? Is it ever all right to drown your sorrows in alcohol? Even if two people have their eye on playing the position of pitcher, can that be overcome to avoid tension in a friendship? What can happen when people reach out in love and help those in need? Just how powerful is the power of prayer?
Will the underdogs in this film make it all the way to the Little League World Championship? You won’t want to miss this movie to find out the answer to that very question!