Rated: PG Reviewed by: Chris Release date: October 14, 1994 Released by: Warner Brothers
Most adults can remember those awful moments of being left on the sidelines when they were kids. We would have loved being part of a team like the Little Giants.
Rick Moranis is perfect to star in this cute film about pee wee football, because he looks like he sat out a few games as a child.
Moranis and Ed O'Neill (Married With Children) play brothers who live in a small Ohio town. Danny (Moranis) grew up living in the shadow of his older brother Kevin, a football star, and spent his life trying to prove himself. So, when his tomboy daughter isn't picked to be on the football team by her Uncle Kevin, Danny agrees to coach a new team made up of all the rejects.
The team has the kids who love to play, but have no real talent for the sport. The usual cliches are included, the sickly child with asthma, a child who's afraid to catch the ball and the overweight child who's continually munching on something. The script never gets mean-spirited with these kids. The audience seems to laugh with them instead of at them. They're a bunch of cute and funny kids that appear to be having a great time playing ball.
Moranis is very easy to like and even O'Neill, who plays the arrogant brother, softens in the end.
Little Giants has what every kid goes through: first crushes, awkward moments when they don't fit in, and the wonderful feeling of being part of a team. No matter what your age, it's a funny, heartwarming, coming-of-age film.