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In the movie itself, Thomas Ian Nicholas stars as Henry Rowengartner, a young 12-year-old boy who does many of the things normal 12-year-olds do: Playing little league baseball, building boats, and dreaming of pretty girls. Unfortunately for Henry, his baseball career isn't going so well. A fly ball hits him in the head, and then he throws the ball over the right field fence. To make matters worse, the next day, he trips over an unseen baseball while trying to make a catch and damages his arm. But unknown to Henry, his life is about to change forever.
Henry's mom (Amy Morton) and her scheming boyfriend Jack (Bruce Altman) take Henry to the emergency room and he is put in a cast, but when the cast comes off, Henry discovers that he can throw a baseball 100 miles per hour. He throws a home run ball all the way from center field to home plate on the fly. Jack, seeing a chance to cash in on Henry's golden arm, calls Sal Martinella (Albert Hall), the manager of the Chicago Cubs. Soon, Henry has a tryout with the Cubs, is signed to a contract, and begins playing for his hometown team. Also on the Cubs is Chet "Rocket" Steadman (Gary Busey) an aging star who has lost most of the zip on his fastball. Chet is given the job of mentoring Henry while he develops.
After a while, Henry develops into a pretty good pitcher, blowing his fastball by most opposing hitters. Due to the arrival of Henry, the Cubs fortunes begin to change and they soon find themselves in position to win their division.Read more ›
Thomas Ian Nicholas plays Henry Rowengartner, a hopelessly klutzy 12-year-old Chicagoan and possibly the next-to-last worst player in Little League (after some poor kid with asthma). But an arm injury results in a freakish heal, as tendons in Henry's arm become fused to his humerus, the side result of which is that Henry now has serious torque in his arm and can suddenly pitch at devastating velocities. One day, at a Cubs game, when a homerun-smashed baseball sails into the stands, Henry, with his new super-arm, throws it back, a frozen rope hurtling from the bleachers and straight into the catcher's mitt. It's not too long before the Chicago Cubs, a team which hasn't been to the mountaintop since 1908 and hampered with poor attendance, reaches out to recruit young Henry as a publicity stunt. Which is how 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner (or, as the Cubbies manager calls him, Gardenhoser) becomes a star pitching reliever for the Cubbies, and an overnight sensation.Read more ›
If you can appreciate a fun and entertaining story -- fit for the whole family -- without needing to critique the acting expertise or liberties taken with official MLB rules, you'll probably love this movie. Be prepared to laugh, feel good, and want to watch it again.
Was it Cheesy? Yes, but it's not a bad movie due to the cliches. I think if I were watching it in my adult mindset, I'd be laughing at the plot's absurdities, but as a kid I knew it was fun and whimsical. That's what people need to watch this movie with, not a critical eye, but a fun and whimsical mindset.
Don't lose hope guys, maybe next season the Cubs will have a great team.
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Our six-year-old grandson loves baseball, so this film was great for him to enjoy!Published 28 days ago by Toby Martin II (aka R. Howe)
Very cute movie I always enjoy family movies with our grandchildren.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great awkward scenes with boys not knowing how to talk to girlsPublished 1 month ago by James Leisenring
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