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Succeeds in the most important ways: writing, directing, acting. --Hammer to Nail
A moving portrait of small-town life and the fallout from unrealized dreams --The New Yorker
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Eventually, the truth catches up to Calvin and he has to come to terms with who he really is and what his future holds. By facing failure and overcoming disappointment, he is awakened to the reality that choosing a new and more fitting dream to follow is the most difficult, but ultimately most rewarding, part of the journey. This is a great film if you're looking for an inspirational story that is not sugar-coated.
A few reviews & headlines:
"A moving portrait of small-town life and the fallout from unrealized dreams." New Yorker
"Steve Zahn gives a career-best performance in this low-key gem." Hollywood Reporter
"Lundgren's light touch gives this classic coming-of-age film its distinctive ring. A scruffy, sweet ode to managing youthful expectations." The Village Voice
"Calvin Marshall is well-supported by cinematography that captures the lure of the baseball diamond, and is a must-see for any baseball movie fan."
"Calvin Marshall Combines Baseball and Indie Rock. (Clearly This is the Best Film Ever.)"
The acting was well done (if a bit volcanic by Steve Zahn) but hit most of the right shades and tones. Whenever the film wandered perilously close to maudlin self absorption and cloying sentimentality, it recovered with the help of deft comic timing.
The baseball was believable and well photographed and staged, and relationships true and conceptually understandable. The only misstep in my mind was the inevitable-ish pairing of the Doug and Tori characters. It was as if the screenwriters decided that level of tension was required to elicit more passion from the title character. Calvin's aggression towards Coach Little became an overplayed caricature- both unnecessary and infantile. The coach's womanizing and drinking was also exaggerated to the point of excess but never strayed over the line.
Aside from some occasionally (and hilariously) profane dialog, it's a story that appeals to all ages. There is true chemistry between Coach and Calvin. Michelle Lombardo (as Tori) vacillates between coquettish post teen shallowness and absorbing angst (the scene with her mother).
"Calvin Marshall" was a special experience and much more than a mere "baseball flick".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It did not have as much baseball as I would have liked, but overall an okay movie.Published 14 months ago by Jason P. Doyon
great story about one of the many young men who had a dream of being a ballplayer and went after it. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.Published on March 9, 2013 by ronald rogers
I didn't like this movie because it's one of them that simply could have been a lot more, and you think maybe they're going to pull this stuff together... but no. It's just dumb. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by The 1 2 judge