The Perfect Game: Director William Dear now appears to be your go-to guy for forgettable, family-friendly baseball flicks. Following his Angels in the Outfield and The Sandlot: Heading Home is this Downy-soft, by-the-numbers biopic with Christian undertones about nine poor kids from Monterrey, Mexico, who became the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series back in 1957. Clifton Collins Jr. is Cesar Faz, a former St. Louis Cardinals janitor who never got his big coaching break because he was Mexican. Cesar winds up back down South, where he's convinced by a doting young ragamuffin to guide an underdog team on the road to victory. The film does a disservice to the community it depicts by rendering an inspiring cultural story entirely uninspired. —Aaron Hillis
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