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Little Giants

Starring: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill
Director: Duwayne Dunham
Genre: Comedy
Year: 1994
Rating: 3 / 5

Designing a film that appeals to both adults and children has to be one of the most difficult tasks in Hollywood. How can a film keep children entertained while also delighting the adults in attendance? Little Giants manages to do both, delivering a certain "cute" quality while also managing to dole out the laughs. Warner Brothers has been producing kid-friendly fare for decades, yet this is one of the company's best generation-spanning offerings. Director Duwayne Dunham presents his audience with a lovable band of misfits, and we watch as they rise above expectations and shock a small Ohio community.

In the town of Urbania, Kevin O'Shea (Ed O'Neill) is a hero. The local high school football star, Kevin went on to win a national championship and the Heisman Trophy while in college. The gridiron legend owns a successful car dealership in his hometown, and he coaches the neighborhood Pee Wee football team in his spare time. He has been working with the Mayor to have the town's team entered in a prestigious county league, and everything seems to be progressing nicely. That is, until Kevin cuts Becky "Icebox" O'Shea (Shawna Waldron) from the team. Rebuffed by her uncle, Becky convinces her father Danny (Rick Moranis) to gather the forgotten players and fight for respect.

While Kevin's Cowboys contain some of the finest local talent, Danny's Little Giants are a ragtag collection of castoffs and problem kids. With names like Hot Hands and Rad Tad, these players just want a chance to play. When a new kid (Devon Sawa, Final Destination) with a rocket arm joins the team, things begin looking up. After all, Urbania can only enter one team in the new league, and either the Cowboys or the Giants are not going to make the cut. With the teams' one-game contest a mere day away, a smitten Icebox begins wondering if football is the way to a boy's heart. Will she see the light in time to save her Little Giants?

Acting veterans Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill face off as the unlikeliest of brothers, but their young players are the real stars of this movie. The film features many of the standard elements of a sports comedy, from the stone-handed receiver to the bench-riding nerds to the untimely star injury. The difference is that this film packs them all into the bodies of adorable, preteen munchkins. When the inevitable battle royal rolls around, one cannot help but stand and cheer for the Little Giants, as they set aside their fears and petty infighting in order to face their greatest challenge. No matter the outcome, these Little Giants are determined to leave the field as winners.

Cast:

Rick Moranis..........Danny O'Shea
Ed O'Neill..........Kevin O'Shea
Shawna Waldron..........Becky O'Shea
Devon Sawa..........Junior Floyd

Certification: Rated PG.
Running Time: 107 minutes.

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