Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) are two sisters recruited to play in the first all-womens' baseball league, formed during World War II to keep the sport alive while much of the male population--including Dottie's husband--are off at war. The sisters are assigned to the
"Rockford Peaches," where their teammates include Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh), a slugger whose plain looks are the butt for some of the film's weakest jokes; and Mae Mordabito, a former dance-hall hostess who comes across like a 1940s version of Madonna (not much of a surprise, since that's who
plays her). Tom Hanks plays the team's coach, Jimmy Dugan, a pro player turned pro drinker.
Directed by Penny Marshall (BIG), A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN sports some fine performances and well-staged ball scenes, but also suffers from serious miscasting and sophomoric humor. It occasionally strives for a kind of gentle feminism in the style of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, but never follows through on
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As uneven as an amateur baseball game, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN has a degree of charm which is all but drowned out by sentimental overkill.