Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
A League of Their Own (1992)
OK, so before I begin let me just apologise if you read these posts on a regular basis as there has been a bit of a break between the previous post (Bram Stoker’s Dracula) and this one. My annual Halloween marathon took up pretty much all of September and October and this last week has all been about Batman: The Animated Series, so I simply couldn’t fit anything else into my schedule.
But that was then. 90 from the ’90s is back (and hopefully back on a regular schedule again).
The aim is to now work my way through as many films as I can over the coming weeks until I reach the end of this journey – possibly with the majority done and dusted before the end of the year.
So, back to the task at hand – A League of Their Own!
It’s a sports movie. It’s a baseball movie. These two things are the reasons why I’ve never watched A League of Their Own before today.
I’m not into sports and baseball is not popular in the UK, so this film has never really appealed to me. Yeah, I know the cast is good (Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, Lori Petty etc), but the sport/baseball angle has always been the sticking point.
Today I am ready to throw myself into this film, regardless of how much sport is involved… or how bad Madonna’s acting turns out to be. It can’t be any worse than Body of Evidence (1993), can it?
*Clicks the play button*
2mins 30secs – I’m hearing Geena Davis on screen, I’m seeing someone who is clearly meant to be an older Geena Davis, but this isn’t Geena Davis. What gives?
*Takes a look at Amazon X-Ray*
2mins 35secs – Oh, OK. So the two actresses that appear on screen as the film begins are Lynn Cartwright and Kathleen Butler. Their voices have been dubbed over by Geena Davis and Lori Petty.
3mins – I’m getting a ‘nice’ vibe from this movie. Yep, definitely nothing like Body of Evidence.
5mins 35secs – The movie has now flashbacked to 1940s war time and Geena Davis and Lori Petty are on screen. Oh and this means that their bodies and voices now match! Hurrah!
10mins – Geena Davis and Lori Petty are sisters. Baseball playing sisters.
15mins – With male baseball players being drafted, the sisters are being called upon to play ball.
19mins – Jon Lovitz is in this movie, playing a sexist asshole. Geena Davis and Lori Petty are putting him in his place.
20mins 40secs – An emotional moment.
20mins 45secs – Jon Lovitz is being an asshole again, totally cutting into the emotional moment.
23mins – Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna!
31mins – Tom Hanks has just turned up. Hopefully he’s not an asshole like all the other men in this movie.
32mins – He’s an ex-alcoholic, but a Tom Hanks version of an ex-alcoholic, which means he’s an all-American ex-alcoholic and NOT an asshole.
34mins – Wait… I think he’s been drinking. And it’s possible he is an asshole.
34mins 30secs – Yep. He’s just walked into the locker room and has peed in the sink. So, he’s still an alcoholic and a sink-peeing one too!
37mins – Ugh… it would appear that everyone in this film (not on the baseball team) is an asshole. The general feeling amongst the men is that women can’t play baseball. You know, if this movie wasn’t set in the 1940s I’d assume this was a contemporary piece.
39mins – Tom Hanks is washing his face in a drinking fountain. That’s not particularly sanitary, Tom! Oh well, I guess we should just be thankful that you’re not taking a poop in it.
49mins 30secs – A kid has just come onto Geena Davis (a KID!). This is the perfect example of a #MeToo moment. Even kids in this movie are assholes.
55mins – You know… Madonna isn’t too bad in this film.
57mins – Rosie O’Donnell is explaining that for years she felt like the odd one out for being a woman who liked to play baseball. Now that she’s part of this team she knows she’s not alone, there are other people like her out there too. An important message here.
59mins – Tom Hanks is being an asshole. Again.
1hr 5mins – A montage! Women (of any race) can play ball; women can get married and still remain part of the team; making women wear skirts to play baseball is dumb. I like this film. It’s pointing out things that really shouldn’t have to be pointed out, but if it takes a movie to highlight these things then so be it. Maybe it would be a good idea to re-run this movie, 24/7, in certain parts of the world where people are foolishly trying to turn back the clock.
1hr 13mins – Another important point here. The war is coming to an end, which means the men will return. The presumption is that the women will relinquish their roles so that the men can slot back into the positions they had previously. Truth is, things have now changed and the world will have to change too.
1hr 23mins – Also a reminder here that many men didn’t come home at all.
1hr 24mins – There is a lot of really interesting stuff in this movie and not what I expected at all. I was under the impression this was a full-on comedy, but it’s not.
1hr 35mins – Lots of baseball is being played. Talk amongst yourselves.
1hr 40mins – Lori Petty V Geena Davis.
1hr 47mins – Lori Petty is being hailed a hero for helping her team win.
1hr 53mins – The flashback is over and the movie has returned to the present day.
1hr 57mins – The team are catching back up and are attending a celebration of baseball. Oh, and Tom Hanks is dead. Bit of a downer.
2hrs – The film plays out with a Madonna song (This Used To Be My Playground) and clips of the team playing baseball. This is a reminder to just play, have fun and enjoy it all while you can. Oh and don’t suffer assholes.
2hrs 7mins – A disclaimer just popped up on the end credits, informing the audience that exclusive A League of Their Own merchandise is available from QVC. I’m not sure what I’m more surprised about – the QVC tie-in or the fact I’ve just sat through the end credits in their entirety! Anyone would think this was a Marvel movie.
A League of Their Own was much better than I expected it to be – and I expected it to be a pretty decent film anyway. The movie touches upon issues which unfortunately we are still having to address in 2018, so if possible it feels more relevant today than perhaps it did back in 1992.
I enjoyed that.
48 down; 42 to go.
- Read: Part 49
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Patch Adams (1998), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992), Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997), Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).