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Women in movies.....

Participation in sports in no longer a male dominate world.  Females have the option and do participate in all sports and activities.  The movies on this list feature women in active roles as either athletes or professionals.  Many of these movies can be instrumental in showing your child that dedication, persistence and practice is what it takes to be successful.

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Against the Ropes

 Rated PG-13

Detroit's Jackie Kallen (Meg Ryan) managed boxers and brought many of them to victory in the ring.  She left her husband for the sport and later became head of the International Female Boxers Association.

 

Annie O

 Rated PG

 There is no girls’ varsity basketball team at Washington High School, but Annie "Sure Shot" Rojas plays better than anyone in the school. The boys’ coach invites her to try out for his team. Initially she is ostracized at  but eventually her teammates  realize that she is not a threat but the reason the team keeps winning.
Bend It Like Beckham

Rated PG-13

Bend It Like Beckham  is a  great comedy that centers on Jess (Parminder Nagra), an Indian girl born in England.  Jess has a strong desire to become a football--or, as we say in America soccer--star like her idol, David Beckham.  It shows her success despite her traditional family who refuses to even consider the idea.

Blue Crush

 Rated PG-13

Blue Crush is about a  young Hawaiian named Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) and her struggles to excel as a champion-class surfer.  She must overcome the fear of drowning, which she nearly did in a previous wipeout, as well as raise a kid sister with absent parents and borderline poverty. Supportive friends (Girlfight's Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake) help her to reach competition on Oahu's infamous Bonzai Pipeline.

Bring It On

Rated PG-13

Torrance (Kirsten Dunst) is the new leader of the Toros, the cheerleading squad of Rancho Carne, an affluent San Diego high school.  cheerleading team. With a national championship, this cheerleading squad are the  ones who bring in the spectators to the football games. Torrance quickly discovers that her snotty, forerunner was regularly stealing cheer routines from a poor inner-city school, and passing them off as the original work of the Toros.  Once the truth is uncovered Torrance struggles to do the right thing and take home the national title once again.

 

Center Stage

Rated PG-13

The primary appeal of dance movies is the dancing, with some added emphasis on the romance the art expresses. Center Stage wins on these counts, despite its reveling in overly familiar characters and formula plotting. Or maybe this reveling is responsible for what goofy fun this film is. The arduous task of becoming a professional ballet dancer is incarnated by many good-looking teens, all stock dance-film characters affectionately portrayed mostly by newcomers. But Center Stage holds Jody Sawyer (Amanda Schull), who may never be a great ballerina, but she's certainly one [great] jazz dancer. Then there's the arrogant genius (Ethan Stiefel), the dictatorial impresario (Peter Gallagher), the demanding instructor, the bulimic, the stage mother, etc. As we follow these characters, the message develops that one should let go and do what feels good. Jody may not be ballet material, but she scorches the stage when she's uninhibited…[the film] is all fun. --Jim Gay

 

Cutting Edge

 Rated PG

As far as ice-skating movies go (or those that prominently feature the cold-bladed sport), this romantic movie is one of the best, thanks to utterly charming performances by underrated actors D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly. The couple play, respectively, a washed-up hockey player and a prima-donna skater who end up in doubles figure skating together at the Olympic Winter Games. Of course, the mismatched pair falls in love. In between, there's a lot of verbal sparring, talk of toe picks and surprisingly skillful directing by Paul Michael Glaser (Kazaam, The Air Up There ). Direction here is critical--unlike in Flashdance , where the dancing was done in the shadows, face and feet obviously shot separately--and credibly highlights the actors and their professional stand-ins. This is such a fun, sweet story that the facts the film takes liberties with--including the alacrity with which a hockey player takes to Olympic-level figure skating--are easily forgivable. --N.F. Mendoza

 

Double Teamed (Disney)

Not Rated

 

High school freshman and twins, Heidi and her sister Heather, have little in common except for basketball. Heather dreams of stardom in the WNBA, while Heidi dreams of stardom as an actress. With their parents at odds over their future and a jealous teammate revealing secrets that could hurt their basketball career the girls need a game plan quickly.
Eddie

Rated PG-13

Whoopi Goldberg plays a loudmouthed, obsessive fan of the New York Knicks who wins a contest to coach the team. She soon finds that handling players is tough, fans are tough, owners are tough and so on, but she's big enough to conquer them all with determination, smarts and personality. The first half of the film is pretty cute as Goldberg's character makes the jump from opinionated spectator to the gal in the hot seat. But everything derails in the second half, which is mostly an op-ed piece about keeping pro-ball teams from moving out of their cities. --Tom Keogh

 

A League of Their Own

 Rated PG

This film is based on real events. The year is 1943 and the ranks of Major League Baseball have gone to war. America still wants to watch the game so the first All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was formed.  It took women out of the house to play ball and changed their lives forever.
 Nadia

Not Rated

This movie is the Biography of Romanian Nadia Comaneci. It shows her astounding triumphs in the 1976 Olympics as well as how her personal life plummeted to tragic depths and how she struggled to pull herself back up.
Million Dollar Baby

Rated PG-13

Trainer Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) to enter his life. Maggie is a  determined young athlete who eventually convinces Dunn and his cohort (Morgan Freeman) to help her get to the top.
 Ice Castles

 Rated PG

Considered too old for a professional ice-skating career, 16-year-old Alexis nonetheless triumphs over her critics to become one of the world's best ice skaters. Tragically, she falls and suffers a concussive brain injury that leaves her nearly blind. With the help of her father and her boyfriend, Alexis reemerges against all odds and attempts once again to become a top-ranked skater.

 

Quarterback Princess

Not Rated

This classic ‘80s film puts an average high school girl, Tami Maida (Helen Hunt), into the role of quarterback for her high school’s football team. When Tami’s dream of playing football actually comes true, it has the whole school and town talking. Her ability to handle the pressure from her family, opponents and her own teammates to come out on top makes this a must-see.

 

Save the Last Dance

Rated PG-13

After her mother dies, Sarah (Julia Stiles) gives up her dreams of going to New York's famous Juilliard School. She must move to Chicago, live with her dad (who's virtually a stranger) and attend an urban school that's a far cry from the small-town atmosphere she's used to. Fortunately, Sarah befriends Chenille and Derek, who teach her not only how to hip-hop dance but also how to dream again.

 

Thin Ice

Not Rated

A musical comedy in which Sonja Henie plays a skating instructor at an Alpine hotel. Romanced by incognito Prince Rudolph (Tyrone Power), everyone assumes that Henie knows she is being pursued by royalty. She, however, insists she is actually engaged to Rudy Miller (not realizing that they are one and the same person) and the usual comical entanglements and convoluted misunderstandings ensue.

 

Troop Beverly Hills

Rated PG

 Troop Beverly Hills is a comedy about lifestyles of the rich and outrageous in Beverly Hills. Flamboyantly wealthy Phyllis Nefler (Long) has everything money can buy except her husband, Freddy (Craig T. Nelson), who's leaving her for good.  Determined to prove she's still the  woman Freddy once loved, Phyllis throws luxury to the wind and becomes leader of her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop. But how much can she take before she crumbles? You will be amazed  at her creativity.  Shelley Long blazes new comic trails in this hilarious trial-by-campfire that leaves the wilderness wilder than ever.

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