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Alex Frost stars in this heart-warming and hilarious comedy about a young man pursuing his childhood dream to play professional baseball. Even after being cut two straight years, Calvin once again tries out for his hometown Junior College squad. Fanatical Coach Doug Little (Steve Zahn) can't help but admire Calvin's dedication and gives the talent challenged ballplayer a shot. But when the school's volleyball star (Michelle Lombardo) comes into both of their lives, each must face their own failures and shortcomings. A poignant comedy about overcoming disappointment, cultivating defeat and becoming the kind of person that dares to dream. Calvin Marshall features an all-star cast including Diedrich Bader, Cynthia Watros, Jane Adams, Andrew Wilson, Jeremy Sumpter and the brilliant Steve Zahn who "gives one of the best performances of his career."
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 5.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Most baseball movies are about dreams; Calvin Marshall is a sentimental comedy about self-delusion, and the young actor Alex Frost can't find a way to make sense of Calvin, or to make him sympathetic.
Rotten: Aside from Zahn, thesping is uneven.
Fresh: Lundgren's screenplay beautifully juggles the story's alternately comic and poignant elements and renders all three main characters with surprising depth.
Fresh: [Director] Lundgren has a light touch and a weakness for wistful indie lullabies; it is the former that gives this classic coming-of-age film its distinctive ring.
Great American Film
Baseball wraps itself around us and holds tight like a dream of glory from the time we swing a bat. "You connect and hear the crowd roar," just one of the lines from this little film with a big voice. The internal roar of being accepted by the fans is one of the sparks that ignites a major league player, a minor league player, and someone who wants to be a player. Calvin Marshall is a human comedy about two of the three. It is a comedy of errors, emotional pratfalls, and how we humans are so ill prepared to lose someone we love. It is a story about a “clutz of an athlete” who plays baseball in an attempt to hold on to the memory of his childhood and his mom; a guy who meets his opposite in an exceptionally gifted women's volleyball player who stepped down from Division 1 to a small Community College to take care of her mom. It is about a midlife critical baseball coach clinging to his passion while looking for his past at the bottom of a bottle of whiskey. All share a common ground that is not made of wood or grass. It is a romantic comedy in the truest and honest sense, coming out from pain and loss. A small film about small people in a small town who have one thing that binds them above all else, their love of the game and those who dare to play it.
Director/writer Gary Lungdren carefully crafted three dimensional characters that brought wonderful nuance to the interwoven story of each of their lives. It is about your neighborhood, the nutty kid across the street, the broken hearts who lost the dream but not the feeling, not the hope. It is as American as any movie coming off the screens in decades. The cast is flat out superb. Alex Frost and Steve Zahn deliver one of the best quirky "buddy films" to hit the screen in years. Michelle Lombardo carefully cultivated heart into her performance with grace and measure. This film is like the sandlot baseball and softball teams all over the America that it honors, those teams do not win sports awards, world series rings, or Superbowls, what they win is the love of the sport and each other for being a part of the game. The cast and crew of Calvin Marshal have crafted a brilliant piece of American cinema. Their applause will come when America discovers that a small film company out of Oregon paid tribute to all the sandlot dreamers, all the Olympic hopefuls, all the kids who have lost a loved one and found sports to fill the hole in their heart. Calvin Marshall is destined become a cult classic, just like amature sports. Watch it, then tell everyone you know that Hollywood finally made a film about us little guys. To producers Lundgren, Cunningham and Matondi...Bravo, people. Nice job. Great film.
Calvin Marshall isn't a comedy. The only reason for a low star is that it isn't funny. The person or persons that deemed this a comedy obviously doesn't have a clue what makes people laugh. When I rent a comedy I want to laugh, you won't with this movie.
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