Friday, April 12, 2013 // Midnite
Heroes get remembered, but legends never die! It’s boys, baseball and a really big dog, as the Stand By Me of our National Pastime slides into the Cinefamily, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Flashback to the Sixties, and fifth-grader Scotty (narrating in true Wonder Years style) is in a pickle — he’s just moved into town, everyone thinks he’s a dork, and he can’t even throw a baseball right. That is, until he joins a local gang of misfits who welcome him into their scruffy fold, and their neighborhood pickup game. This is a rare sports film that couldn’t care less about who wins or who loses; it’s about growing up and facing your fears, and as the kids try one goofy plan after another to get the ball back, the story gently leaves the realm of the possible, venturing into the exaggerations common to all childhood legends. Join Ham, Squints, Yeah-Yeah and other friends for a magical summer of games, wild adventures, first kisses and fearsome confrontations — as the warm nostalgia of this freewheeling family classic captures the fun, friendship and possibilities of youth.
Dir. David M. Evans, 1993, 35mm, 101 min
$12, Free for Cinefamily members
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