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David Koechner

Movie review: 'The Perfect Game'

It's baseball season, which makes the release timing of the Little League heartwarmer "The Perfect Game" just about perfect. The film is perfectly mediocre, which is heartbreaking, not heartwarming.

In 1957 the Monterrey (Mexico) Industrials became the first team from outside the U.S. to win the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Screenwriter W. William Winokur wrote the book on it, carrying the same title as his screenplay. The outcome of the big game is never in doubt, but the story of these young kids, beating long odds and contending with all manner of prejudice and racism, is a great sports story.

The movie feels fraudulent, whether...