The Big Green
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The biggest game in the world comes to the smallest town in America in this action-packed comedy about a group of bored misfits who become local soccer heroes. A winning family film from the people who brought you ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD, THE BIG GREEN will elicit big grins from the whole family! Nothing ever happens in Elma, Texas ... at least not until British schoolteacher Anna Montgomery (Olivia d'Abo of THE WONDER YEARS) arrives. Determined to motivate her students, Anna decides to form a soccer team. She enlists the aid of out-of-shape sheriff Tom Palmer (Steve Guttenberg, THREE MEN AND A BABY), who agrees to coach the team so he can beat his old nemesis, the ruthless coach of the big city bullies, the Knights. THE BIG GREEN scores with parents as well as with kids, who learn the importance of being a team player ... and a good sport!|One of the film's "stars," Ernie the goat, needed very little coaching for his scenes, which involved some of his favorite activities: eating paper, riding in a car, and running around the school track with the kids in the film.
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When the film begins, an attractive, teacher named Anna Montgomery (Olivia d'Abo) arrives in a small town as a visiting teacher - sort of a teaching abroad half-year deal from England, but without the bad teeth. Anyway, she's a horrible teacher; so she decides to teach her lessons via soccer indoctrination. The kids would rather be doing something more fun, like covering themselves in Cheetos and letting birds eat off of them.
Anyway, the kids name their team after their field in a nearly-stolen-from-Mighty-Ducks concept, and the teacher gets them to play soccer. Naturally, the kids suck when they first begin to play. They're so bad it's almost as if each kid suffers from vertigo or something; they completely lack any sort of athletic ability or coordination. And, the fat, red-headed kid from Sandlot plays a goalie who is afraid of the ball (like Goldberg the goalie from Mighty Ducks), and sees opponents as ninjas, terminators, and zombies (like visions of puppyheads from Waterboy).
Soon enough, just as the sun rises, the movie follows the Disney movie sports formula. The kids that sucked start to win, lose to the best team in town inevitably coached by a jerk, the kids learn life lessons, insert goofy character (Steve Guttenberg), at least one kid on the team overcomes some sort of difficulty, and the good guys vs. bad guys finale for this genre. I'll let you guess who wins.
It's typical, easy to pick apart for a paint-by-numbers script and mediocre acting, but it's still fun enough to enjoy.
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the packaging was basically just a plastic bag wrapped around the DVD - it was supposed to be a surprise - gift for his Easter basket - but he new it was a DVD when he got the mail. It wasn't bubble wrapped or anything.
As far as the actual DVD playing goes, it just barely skips in one place each time we watch it. We can't see any scratches or dirt or anything on the DVD itself, so I don't know what to do about it. It doesn't bother my son, so I'm not interested in pushing the issue.
All in all, I'm pleased to "pass down" this ol' gem to future generations. ;o)
It's not completely interesting to most people, but it is a great movie for anyone looking for a movie that you could leave your kids watching without you needing to be there to fast forward anything.
Kids who play soccer would love this movie.
It is an uplifting happy movie that isnt depressing at all.
Find it cheap and you have a great addition to a collection for your kids.
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watched this when i was a kid and love seeing it with my kids.Published 1 month ago by Monica Rayas
Loved this movie! Showed it at my son's AYSO end of season party and the kids enjoyed it, too.Published 5 months ago by Thida P.