A priceless tribute to faux Americana.
Review by: MiamiMovieCritic
Added: 8 years ago
Easier on the eyes than most Minor Prophets efforts, America’s Game is distinguished by Steve Portland’s syrupy score. It just about drips with super-patriotism – think of John Williams’s scores for Saving Private and Band of Brothers. It captures the satirical tone the Prophets are going for here.
The hero looks like one of those hawks who scream the loudest for the wars even though they never bothered to serve themselves. (The film is a subtle attack on the Bush administration, as evidenced by the double meaning of its tagline: “Someone has stolen home.”) He’s played by Gil Damon, who delivers most of his lines off-screen in a hilarious voice-over. (Note: I’m aware that Damon has a rather large following in the gay community. His fans will be happy to know that his hairy chest is displayed at length in all its glory.)
Suffering from osteoporosis, the hero goes out to the local ballpark and watches some kids play a game of baseball. He just about weeps at the apple-pie wholesomeness of it all, but his sentimental views are undermined when he gets knocked unconscious and robbed.
Damon’s voiceover reminded me of those Pepperidge Farm commercials that both Family Guy and Futurama have made fun of. He recounts how baseball is the only original American sport, and notes that Lacrosse was stolen from "the Injuns" and football is "just a gay version of rugby." I just about fell out of my chair laughing when he talked about savoring "the smell of the hot nuts and the rosin bags." Director Derek Frey cleverly splices in such hallowed symbols of freedom as the American bald eagle and Hulk Hogan. America's Game is a priceless tribute to faux Americana.