Set in a small town in Ohio featuring brothers Kevin and Danny O’Shea, played by Ed O’Neill and Rick Moranis. Kevin is a former football star, and town legend and success story. His brother Danny never acquired the same legend status he runs a local gas station.
When Danny’s daughter Becky “Icebox” O’Shea does not make the Peewee football team she decides to start her own team. She recruits all the kids who did not make the team, the misfits and outcasts. Since the town only allows one team they decide to have a playoff between the Cowboys and the Little Giants.
It is a sweet movie that follows Becky, played by Shawna Waldron as she experiences her first crush on Junior, a boy on her football team played by Devon Sawa. The other child actors that make up her friends on the Little Giants team are not as well known but they all do wonderful in this movie. One of my favorite parts of the movie is when an overprotective mother brings her son to football practice completely wrapped for safety. I also like the scene when the Little Giants are exercising on monkey bars and no one gets across you watch them as they fall one by one. When it gets to the last and largest child as he is about to fall you see the entire pile of kids who fell before him on the ground terrified before he falls on them.
This movie might not have the most original plot but it delivers its sweet message well. It is both funny and touching, just about everyone relates to not fitting in at one time or another. I chose it for my favorite football movie because it can be enjoyed by all ages and is inspirational for all.