League of Their Own, A

Reviewed By Thom
Posted 11/22/99 17:12:04

"Small towns, big lives"
4 stars (Worth A Look)

Women's baseball during the war gave a new definition to Farm League. People born during the vietnam era will never understand people living during world war 2. Cornfields and innocence were the rule rather than the exception. Relatively few people lived in cities and women were the second sex. Except during the war.

Big sister/little sister rivalry and a hearty dose of nostalgia drive this film about women's baseball during the war years of the 40's.

Directed by Penny Marshall, this pro-woman film shows a bit of women's history during the war outside of Rosie the Riveter. Entertainment was just as important then as now and baseball, America's supposed national pasttime, was picked up by the women as well as being the workhorse for the war machine. Ironic, to me, that women built the guns that got the the men killed. If they had also been generals, maybe today we'd be living in Sapphoica. Men would be kept around as breeding stock for a nation of genetically engineerd amazon women.

But this isn't a lesbian film. Nope. lots of healthy, corn fed red blooded heterosexuality. Except for Rosie O'Donnel who just screams DYKE in this movie. She's the girl who tried out for all the teams, played with the boys in the summer and beat up (and then off) your brother.

But they did cast Lori Petty. Who played a "tomboy". pretty sneaky.

and gracious! madonna can act. She's the chick with a fire in her loins and oil in her hip joints. She scandalizes the team on the road by flirting with and getting the hottest man in the honkey-tonk.

Tom Hanks and that "liar" guy from saturday night live ("with my wife... morgan fairchild, yah, thats it) are in this well crafted film that features Amazon queen Geena Davis as the hard hitting big sister.

a teary, joyful, nostalgic sister movie in the literal and metaphorical sense of the word. Penny Marshall creates a dignified portrayal of women in America through the story of women's baseball during World War Two.

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