How Bad Can a Movie Be if it Mentions Jorge Orta?


I know that I’m almost a decade late to the party, but I just watched a heartwarming, coming-of-age movie called Stolen Summer. It stars Aidan QuinnBonnie Hunt, Brian Dennehy and Kevin Pollack and is about a young Irish Catholic boy who is on a quest to find a way for Jewish people to get to heaven. In the process, the youngster befriends the son of a rabbi.

It was released in 2002 and part of Project Greenlight, spearheaded by HBOBen Affleck and Matt Damon.

For me, the movie’s bonus is that it was set in 1970s Chicago and the characters are White Sox fans (like the boy above in his vintage Sox cap)–unusual in that most TV shows and films set in the Windy City focus on the Media Darlings. There is one scene where Quinn’s character, the father, and one of his sons are listening to a Sox game on the radio where the names were quite familiar–manager Paul RichardsChet LemonLamar JohnsonJorge Orta and Brian Downing.

I give it four pale hoses–if for no other reason that the Sox are highlighted. Seriously, it’s worth watching. Try to find it on cable or order it through Netflix.

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