Ever since childhood, nerdy Danny O'Shea (Rick Moranis) has felt inferior to his brother, Kevin (Ed O'Neill), a former college football star. Danny runs a gas station, while Kevin coaches the local youth football team. When Kevin's team rejects Danny's daughter, Becky (Shawna Waldron), because she's a girl, Becky convinces her dad to start a rival team, though the city can support only one. To prove himself against his brother, Danny begins coaching his team of misfits for a playoff game.
Release Date: October 14, 1994
Writer: Tommy Swerdlow, Robert Shallcross, James Ferguson, Michael Goldberg
Director: Duwayne Dunham
Producer: Arne Schmidt
Cast: Brian Haley, Ed O'Neill, Mary Ellen Trainor, Susanna Thompson, Devon Sawa, Matthew McCurley, Shawna Waldron, Sam Horrigan, Todd Bosley, Marcus Toji, John Madden, Troy Simmons, Eddie Derham, Danny Pritchett, Joe Paul Steuer, Christopher Walberg, Michael Zwiener
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The plot stars Ed O'Neill and Rick Moranis as two brothers in the small town of Urbania, Ohio. O'Neill is a football hero and Heisman Trophy winner. Moranis is a nerd who runs a gas station. His daughter Becky (Shawna Waldron) is one of the best football players in town, but when O'Neill chooses a team for the Pop Warner League, he doesn't choose Becky, 'cause she's a girl.
Despite the formidable presence of Moranis and O'Neill, the film focuses on the kids, who have a clubhouse and lead fairly independent "Little Rascals"-style lives. And some of the gags could have come directly from the recent "Little Rascals" movie.
Little kids may like this movie, if they've never seen one like it before. Slightly older kids with good memories will notice that this is not even the first movie this year where a character passes gas to knock out the other team. Even older viewers are likely to bitterly resent the fate that drew them into the theater.
Parents need to know that this Mighty Ducks knock-off is rote, but carries a good message, and kids will enjoy it. Five-year-olds may be old enough to enjoy many of the movie's goofy antics, but 6- to 8-year-olds are this movie's target audience. Older kids will likely lose interest.
LITTLE GIANTS is filled with wonderful elements. Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill are terrific in their roles, and the overall themes are those of honor, determination, courage, and teamwork.
The fat kids in these movies always have gas, the smart kids always carry a computer and have runny noses, and the girl really wants to be a guy, but secretly puts on makeup when no one is looking. I will be happy when screenwriters put away these stamped out clones and try coming up with some characters that look like the ones I find in my child's school.
Loved this film when I was younger and I still love it till this day. It is a fun football comedy for the whole family. It is kind of like the Mighty Ducks for football.April 11th, 2014 · Details