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Baseball and the Ballerina

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Sweet, slow-moving father-daughter tale has mild swearing.

Movie PG 2002 95 minutes
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Hallie Eisenberg is adorable; Benjamin King is sympathetic and likable; but because it's slow and predictable, this film is just OK. An effort has been made to supply some emotional depth to the characters, but writer-director Harshbarger misses when it comes to providing moments that would make the story resonate or inspire. Small inconsistencies and careless writing didn't seem to bother Harshbarger, either, but they could easily have been remedied. Why would a very involved next-door neighbor and part-time caretaker not know how Abby's mom died five years earlier? Why would Ed Mills be meeting Abby's best friend's mom for the first time? In what world would a minor league baseball player get reinstated by walking on the field and asking the manager for a spot on the team? Why wouldn't Ed know that he couldn't take his child along with him for his out-of-town baseball games and plan accordingly? Nevertheless, if your family enjoys a disarming, first-rate performance by a child actress and doesn't mind a slow pace and some story blemishes, Baseball and the Ballerina may be worth a try.

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