The Big Green (1995)

Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo, Jay O. Sanders, John Terry,
A teacher on exchange from England is placed in an underachieving Texan school, where she coaches the children in soccer, improving their self esteem and leading to unexpected success.
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/ 10

OK, the Big Green is not academy award quality. But it features a finecast, led by Steve Guttenberg. It is set in rural Texas, and the kids onthe soccer team don't have much confidence in their ability to win the bigone. But a teacher transfer from England, a gorgeous woman at that, helpsturn them around. The scene-stealer is Milt Oberman as the referee in thefinal game, delivering a riveting, if somewhat understated, performance.This is a great feel-good movie to watch especially with your kids orgrandkids. But adults should all enjoy it also.

6/10 / 10

This movie is great for kids, and any kid should see it. Many teens andadults may find this movie wasteful, but anyone who keeps an open mindand makes efforts to "read between the lines" can really see that thereis a lesson to be learned.

As in reality, there are many towns such as the fictional rural townthis movie takes place in. In such towns (with closed industrial millsand no jobs,) you will find kids with too much time on their hands likein this movie. At the beginning, the kids didn't see a point to theirlives and just didn't care. Sheriff Tom Palmer (Guttenberg) didn't havemuch of a life either. Anna Montgomery comes to town as the schoolteacher and really turns them around. She really teaches them tobelieve that they are no less of people than anyone else and that withhard work and persistence, one can achieve their goals. They don't evenknow how to play soccer in the beginning, but it goes to show that hardwork, heart, persistence, belief, and teamwork can go a long ways. AnnaMontgomery is a terrific teacher, coach, and leader. Towards the end,anyone can tell that they are changed for the better and learn tobelieve in themselves on and off the field, thanks to true leadership.

I admit, this is not a movie with tons of adventure and excitement.Though it may not be a classic like Forrest Gump or Citizen Kane; itreally is a great family movie and really goes to prove a point. Irecommend it to anyone with a family and a heart to see the good thatcan come with good leadership and teamwork.

/ 10

This movie is great for kids, and any kid should see it. Many teens andadults may find this movie wasteful, but anyone who keeps an open mindand makes efforts to "read between the lines" can really see that thereis a lesson to be learned.

As in reality, there are many towns such as the fictional rural townthis movie takes place in. In such towns (with closed industrial millsand no jobs,) you will find kids with too much time on their hands likein this movie. At the beginning, the kids didn't see a point to theirlives and just didn't care. Sheriff Tom Palmer (Guttenberg) didn't havemuch of a life either. Anna Montgomery comes to town as the schoolteacher and really turns them around. She really teaches them tobelieve that they are no less of people than anyone else and that withhard work and persistence, one can achieve their goals. They don't evenknow how to play soccer in the beginning, but it goes to show that hardwork, heart, persistence, belief, and teamwork can go a long ways. AnnaMontgomery is a terrific teacher, coach, and leader. Towards the end,anyone can tell that they are changed for the better and learn tobelieve in themselves on and off the field, thanks to true leadership.

I admit, this is not a movie with tons of adventure and excitement.Though it may not be a classic like Forrest Gump or Citizen Kane; itreally is a great family movie and really goes to prove a point. Irecommend it to anyone with a family and a heart to see the good thatcan come with good leadership and teamwork.

8/10 / 10

If you're looking for a sophisticated piece of art, "The Big Green" isnot it. This is a family film for elementary school kids. I watchedthis movie for the first time when I was nine, and I absolutely lovedit. I loved cheering for the underdog, and from my nine-year-old pointof view, all the events were realistic and all the characters werebelievable. I especially loved Larry, who was hilarious in hisdelusions. I watched this film again tonight and realize that it is aclichéd film, but only because I'm much older and more cynical.However, this does not take away the fact that it brought back the dayswhen I resolutely believed that the harder I worked, the more it wouldpay off and that anybody could be a winner. It is optimistic,heart-warming and uplifting for that inner nine-year-old.

7 / 10

This film is a big winner in the fun-with-lessons category

The students in a small Texan town have a new teacher from England (Olivia D'Abo). She is trying hard to motivate and communicate with her pupils, with only limited success. Limited, that is, until she gets her students excited about soccer. She assembles a ragtime team, with no uniforms, and teaches them about the fundamentals of soccer. The team, with a mixture of girls and boys, begins playing matches. They lose. The teacher enlists the help of the local sheriff (Steve Guttenberg) and, together, they help the team improve. But, will they succeed in winning soccer games? This is another stroll down Mighty Ducks lane but it is still a good film for children. It's themes of hard work and teamwork are undeniable and very worthwhile. The actors, the script, and the Texas setting form a touching and funny film. If you want to find a good family film for a night at home, try this one. Big grins will pop up over The Big Green.