This engaging, family-friendly drama manages to tackle such weighty issues as single parenting and a youngster’s struggle to develop his own identity.
After the death of his wife, mechanic Ed Mills (Benjamin King) devotes himself to his young daughter, Abby (Hallie Kate Eisenberg). Having shelved his own major league baseball aspirations, the former rookie pours all his knowledge of the sport into Abby. Although father and daughter are tightly connected, Ed doesn’t realize that he's living vicariously through his child. When Abby expresses an interest in ballet lessons, Ed decides to refocus on his frustrated career. But Ed must go on the road with the bush league to rekindle his dream, and that doesn't jibe with his daughter's needs, despite help from the Mills' neighbor, Nancy (Kathy Baker). Convinced he’s providing for her future well-being, Ed leaves Abby with Nancy and his game improves sufficiently that he gets another shot at the majors. Meanwhile, Abby's relationship with her once-adored Dad begins to deteriorate and the childless Nancy becomes deeply attached to Abby. While Ed is still weighing his personal ambitions against paternal responsibilities, he snares a temporary berth in the Yankees dugout. Though proud of her dad, Abby dreads the long absences a professional baseball career entails. With the help of divorced mom Sarah Parker (Amanda Detmer), Ed may be able to reach a decision that doesn’t seem like a sacrifice. This modest domestic drama deals with some of the same issues that drive THE ROOKIE (2002), but child-rearing priorities are its focus. Fundamentally decent people must make difficult decisions in writer-director Kara Harshbarger's sweet film, which only occasionally gives way to sappy emotional shorthand.
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- Released: 2001
- Rating: PG
- Review: This engaging, family-friendly drama manages to tackle such weighty issues as single parenting and a youngster’s struggle to develop his own identity. After the death of his wife, mechanic Ed Mills (Benjamin King) devotes himself to his young daughter, Ab… (more)