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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Grisham's family baseball drama has iffy messages.

Movie PG 2004 104 minutes
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Although everyone eventually learns some lessons, the messages here are definitely iffy and potentially confusing to kids. While we sympathize with a dad who has not only lost his young wife to illness but also has been ruined financially by the medical bills, we cannot sympathize with his idiotic, unjustifiable, dishonest decision to illegally enroll his 13-year-old son Mickey in Little League. It's impossible to forget for a single moment that the father is, by example, teaching his kid to cheat. Every day his son goes to practice, he is betraying his teammates and coach by pretending he's 12. Worse yet, if you're hiding from the authorities, why increase the chance of being caught by placing the already extremely talented son in a baseball league below his level where his stellar ability is sure to be noticed? In both respects the movie is maddeningly dumb. When the father is caught by the IRS and the boy's team is disqualified for cheating, they're both repentant, but by then, why would we care?

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