(out of 5)
Dennis Quaid plays a high school baseball coach who was once in line to make it to the majors but had to quit after an injury ruined his dreams of being a star player. Now a married man (to beautiful Rachel Griffiths) and father, Quaid is convinced by his ballplayers to once again try out for a major league team which, after much persuading, he does. Looking ridiculous at his age swinging a bat doesn’t stop him, and he finds out that his pitch has actually gotten faster over the years since his shoulder injury. Now he has the opportunity to make it big, but can a guy previously written off as a washed-up has-been shake off the dust and be good as gold again? Did I mention it was a Disney film? It avoids mawkish sentimentality and benefits from great performances (Quaid is incredibly likable), but its biggest fans will be those who really love the formula.
Music by Carter Burwell
Production Design by Barry Robison
Costume Design by Bruce Finlayson
Film Editing by Eric L. Beason