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I've been playing ball since I was a little boy and I love all movies about anything and everything baseball. How can you not when it's our nation's most beloved pastime?? The issue in this movie is not how much America loves baseball, but how the players in the league get to where they are. There's a lot of back room dealmaking and maneuvering that goes on that you will definitely find surprising (young men lying about their age just so they can try out) but I guess it all comes with the territory. The interviews of the young men and their families shows that they really love baseball but they also view it as a means to a better life in America where they don't have to live under the cruel shadow of poverty in the Dominican. All in all, this is a fantastic film and everyone who wants to see the human face of the largest minority in American baseball should definitely try to see it. A+
Think this movie is just for baseball fans? Think again! I am no athlete and I usually despise movies about sports teams because they all are about the same thing: a poor, down on its luck team gets a new coach and magically they become champions. Yeah! I mean YAWN. This movie is much MUCH better because it tells the real stories of real players who come from the Dominican, usually when they're no more than 16 to 18 years old and who have to go through all sorts of ordeals just to get on a team. It's a lot like a rags to riches story though not every player is able to enjoy their riches in the way they wanted. I think this is a great movie to see for anyone who wants to know what it's like for players that come from other parts of the world and how that affects the way American fans of the game view or enjoy the game. It's not an easy thing to watch, but it's necessary if you want to know the truth.
My boys love baseball, which is why I knew they would be in love with this movie when we saw it together. It is basically a doc**entary that follows a group of young aspiring baseball players from the Dominican Republic as they try to make it to American big leagues. I wanted my sons to see it so that they realized that the facade of any major league sport is just an illusion and that all the glamour that goes along with it is also an illusion. I'm not trying to get my kids disinterested in sports - not at all - but I would like them to realize that the most important thing is that they just have fun and enjoy themselves. The movie is fascinating and really takes you into the poorest parts of the Dominican so you can see why the players are so desperate to create new lives and careers as MLB players. Of course, only a handful actually make it and I wonder what happens to the ones who don't. Kinda scary to think about.
First of all, let me just say that I am no big fan of baseball. Yea, it's the national pastime and people live and die by the game and their favorite team (I'm talking to you, Boston Red Sox fans) but it's soooooooo boring! Okay? I'm sorry, but it is! Thankfully, this movie is anything BUT boring. It's a really interesting behind-the-scenes look at how the MLB gets so many players from the Dominican Republic. I didn't know it was so competitive and that the players all did things like lie about their ages, identities, or take steroids just to get picked for a roster. According to the movie something like 20 percent of all American baseball players come from the Dominican which shows why young players are so eager to get those contracts and signing bonuses. It's just as cut throat as Hollywood or as Wall Street. John Leguizamo is the narrator, which is fitting because I think he knows a lot about baseball and the Dominican people.
I am a big fan of baseball and I was very excited to see this doc**entary. I liked this film and I think it is worth seeing in the theaters. I thought that the film was well made, well directed and the story was interesting and well edited. The film is warm and compelling and almost cried couple of times but then again I am a bit of a wuss. I liked the subjects of the film and I got really drawn into their lives and their stories. Overall, even if you do not like baseball you will like this movie.
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