A League of Their Own (1992)

A League of Their Own Quote: “There’s no crying in baseball!” – Jimmy Dugan

When a longtime listener requests a movie review for her 16th birthday, Shat delivers. This week’s commission is the 1992 baseball classic “A League of Their Own.” And while it shines as a comedy featuring some of the ’90s hottest names and future stars, there’s a little dust on this old reel.

The sibling rivalry is a little overblown. The social commentary is a little dated. And the real women behind the tale are overshadowed by some seriously silly storylines. But that doesn’t stop Penny Marshall’s $100 million hit from being funny, fun, and absolutely memorable.

Reel Spoilers podcast’s Kevin R. Brackett joins the Shat Crew this week to talk about our first cars, “A League of Their Own” the TV series, the debutante system, a loss of manners, prison-yard rules, baseball safety, and whether Dottie threw the World Series.

We also test out movie concepts starring Ash, including a post-apocalyptic Little League drama, and debate whether Bill Pullman’s character, Bob, was a war hero or just lame.

Plot Summary: “A League of Their Own” As America’s stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame. Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell co-star as two of the sisters’ teammates.

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