The 1990s were a great time to be a kid that loved sports. Not only did the 90s see the rise of popular kids magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, but it also yielded an unbelievable crop of fantastic sports movies about kids participating in sports in both amateur and professional leagues. Below we discuss seven of the best 90s sports movies about kids.
First of all, how Rodney Dangerfield didn’t star in more movies, we’ll never know. First Caddyshack and then Ladybugs! Come on, this guy deserves to do more films. Anyway, if you haven’t seen this film, Dangerfield plays a business man that is promised a promotion if the girls soccer team that his company sponsors has a winning season. The problem is that they are terrible. To overcome this deficit, Dangerfield convinces his soccer phenom son (played by Jonathan Brandis) to dress in drag and pose as the new star player of the team to help them make it to the championship.
Why it’s awesome: Because it’s a ridiculous plot that only made sense in the 1990s, and it wasn’t littered with today’s constant questions about a character’s sexuality. As you might imagine, they get caught and amidst all the hijinks for more hilarity.
THE BIG GREEN
The Big Green is our second soccer-based movie and the first of many about a group of outcast, non-athletic kids banding together to create a championship-contending sports team.
Why it’s awesome: Because it had the redhead kid from The Sandlot as the goalie who always envisioned his opponents as “monsters” that paralyze him with fear. Oh and that opening scene with the Cheetos and the pigeons.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in one of his earliest roles alongside Tony Danza, Danny Glover, and Christopher Lloyd in this film about heavenly beings that help the California Angels go from the worst team in baseball to World Series contenders after a young boy prays for help for his father’s favorite baseball team.
Why it’s awesome: Because it was equally funny and emotionally-moving; and it created the Angel cheering motion that is still used Read More