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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Movie Review: The Little Giants

Thanks to cable TV, I saw The Little Giants today. 


Yep, it’s an old movie. It featured sibling rivalry, kids, tomboys, bullies, and the trauma of being the kid who doesn’t get picked. It’s also about looking forward to each little victory we can claim for our own. The hope that each “one time” brings.

The Little Giants team is a mixed bag of kids who just want to play football. They’re not the best in the game, but they have learned to bring all their best, and that they can achieve anything if they work as a team.

It was very predictable, there was nothing new. I won’t say it’s one of those classic movies you’d want to watch again and again because this was the first time I even heard of it. But guess what? It says on the Little Giants Wikipedia page that the movie was the inspiration behind Michigan State University’s winning play last year.

Real life inspiration

On September 18, 2010, in an overtime victory, Michigan State University defeated Notre Dame in football 34-31 by using a trick play that was inspired by the movie, Little Giants. Instead of attempting a 46-yard field goal to send the game into a second overtime, Michigan State scored a touchdown on a fake field goal pass from holder Aaron Bates to tight end Charlie Gantt, and the Spartans stunned Notre Dame before a sellout crowd of 78,411 fans at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan.

During the on the field post game interview on national television with the ABC/ESPN network, Michigan State Coach, Mark Dantonio said “By the way, that play is called ‘Little Giants’.” Aaron Bates who threw the winning pass said, "We knew Notre Dame wasn’t expecting it. That was the last thing anyone was expecting. Coach D likes 'Little Giants.' I think that’s the only movie he has ever watched."


The ending was good – no bitterness, no bad blood between the coaches and the team. And no kissing scene between two kids.

Here’s a trailer you can check out: