In 1943, all American men were sent to war against the Nazis and this, besides the obvious, meant a lot of things for those left back home. During the war, with these men absent, many things required a change – and among all of this, professional sports became a major issue. For the first time in the history of baseball, the men behind the league decide to formulate women’s teams in order to keep the sport going. And the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League became official.
A League of Their Own is a movie dedicated to those women classified as the first professional baseball players. It’s a fictional story inspired by the many true facts concerning this very-revolutionary (for the time) baseball league. Two sisters, Dottie and Kit Hinson, played by Geena Davis and Lori Petty are chosen to go to Chicago for the try-outs. This is where the cast gets really interesting, introducing personalities like Madonna and Rosie O’ Donnell, who manage to play quite convincing baseball. At the end of the try-outs, a select group of women become the players of the Rockford Peaches. With nobody by their side, not even their coach, played by Tom Hanks, these women have a lot to prove.
As is expected, like most other sports movies, A League of Their Own is full of the usual clichés regarding plot. The disappointment, the frustration, the fear of losing everything and the improvement and the bonding between these women come flooding through in abundance. With the subplot being the relationship of the two sisters and how the younger one wants to escape her sister’s shadow, this film manages to be realistic, yet nostalgic. Almost the entire way through, there is a strange, bittersweet sense of involvement that the viewer has while watching it. But besides all this, the film should be distinguished for its humour. It’s a sense of humour that never gets old, because it manages, somehow, to remain genuine.
There is no doubt that if you have ever been part of any team, you will relate to this film. It manages to show how much it takes to compete athletically, and, more notably, how hard it is for a woman to be taken seriously. If there is something that makes this film unique it’s the fact that back then, people gave the chance for women to play out of need, but these women proved that they weren’t something temporary, that they came to stay.
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