American sports film released in October of 1994 starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neil.Becky O'Shea (Shawna Waldron) wants to try out for the local pee-wee football team, the Cowboys, and goes through a tryout under coach Kevin O'Shea, her uncle (O'Neill). Unfortunately, despite the fact that she is acknowledged as the best player in the entire town, she is passed over because she is a girl and proceeds to form her own football team with the other players not deemed good enough to make the Pee Wee Cowboys team. They manage to get Danny O'Shea (Moranis) as their head coach, name themselves "The Little Giants", and inevitably go up against the Cowboys in a game to decide which team gets to stay as the town's correspondent in the Pee Wee League as two teams can't play from the same town.
Tropes evident in Little Giants include:
Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Danny and Kevin make it into one by putting their businesses on the line: Danny's gas station versus Kevin's car dealership.
Berserk Button: Do NOT talk about Jake's momma, you will NOT like him when he is angry.
To Clarify: After one rough play Jake is nursing his arm and a Cowboy taunts him asking if he wants his momma. On the very next play a VERY incensed Jake proceeds to tackle the much larger than him kid so hard he literally knocks him on his ass.
Big Game: Happens exactly as described when the Giants take on the Cowboys.
Black and Nerdy: The lone black player on the Little Giants simply can't catch the ball... but he's considered weak because of it. He later gets better by imagining the ball as a roll of toilet paper, which he practiced with to help improve his game.
The Cameo: Happens when coaches and players from the NFL like John Madden, Emmitt Smith, and Tim Brown show up off a bus and talk to several players of the Little Giants.
Chick Magnet: Devon Sawa's character Junior Floyd attracts every girl in this film. Becky becomes a cheerleader, thinking he'll notice her more.
Contrast Montage: Comparing the Giants, a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits who have a coach that clearly doesn't know what he's doing, to the Cowboys, a football-bred team with a champion coach...who can get his kids to run out a window for him.
Mr. Hammersmith: "You told me you were Coach O'Shea."
Danny O'Shea: "I am Coach O'Shea."
Fake Rabies: Alka-Seltzer tablets were used this way for the purpose of "intimidation".
Fan of Underdog: Patty liked Danny despite being the least athletic of the boys playing football in the opening childhood scene. Those feelings did not disappear in the present time.
Foe-Tossing Charge: Johnny does a version of this when Becky points out that his often-away-on-business father is in the back of the end zone watching him.
Friendly Enemy: Invoked here, as Danny O'Shea and Kevin O'Shea are brothers but they remain friendly to each other despite making a bet on the big game. Despite his hard views on winning and losing Kevin has standards in playing, such as his reaction to foul play mentioned below, and he genuinely does love his niece even when she's playing for the opposing team.
Hometown Hero: How Kevin O'Shea is treated for his success as the head coach of the Pee Wee Cowboys team and due to past college achievements as a player.
Groin Attack: During the game, the team's punter runs up for the kick off, but misses and kicks the squatting spiker in the crotch, causing him to fall over in pain.
Ironic Echo: When Danny and Kevin make their wager above, Kevin immediately says "There'll always be a place for you at the full-service pumps." At the end, Kevin asks if Danny will hold him to the bet. Danny seems to relent, but then he says "There'll always be a place for you at Danny O'Shea Chevrolet!"
Jerk Jock: All of the players on the Cowboys team are smug about their greater ability compared to the Giants.
Sickly Neurotic Geek: Jake's status as this is made worse by his overprotective mother. Nubie is perfectly healthy and both geeks have a role in the final play of the game: Nubie draws it up (With John Madden's help) and Jake scores the touchdown off of it.
Smooch of Victory: Patty gives one to Danny after the game ends and Danny finally has the courage to ask her out to dinner.
Teased but averted with Becky and Junior. They pause in their celebration for a deep, longing look in each other's eyes...then go right back to celebrating.
Start My Own: The Little Giants were started by kids who were not chosen to play for the Cowboys.
Tomboy: Becky "Ice Box" O'Shea is considered one because she's a football player and rough and tough enough to take any of the other players in a fist fight.
Turn Coat: Spike Hammersmith leaves the Little Giants and plays for the Cowboys because Danny fibbed and said he was "Coach O'Shea" but not the Coach O'Shea. Considering how he was tricked into joining the Little Giants in the first place, can anyone really hold it against Spike?
Victorious Childhood Friend: It took awhile for Patty seeing how Danny, and herself, ended up in prior relationships that produced a child. Eventually both relationships evaporated, and Patty got her chance to rekindle their childhood sparks when Danny shows up at her doorstep to recruit her son, Junior, for his football team. The victory kiss after the game sealed the deal.
When You Coming Home, Dad?: Johnny's dad is often away on business. When Danny sees him arrive at the big game, he calls a play featuring Johnny. Johnny delivers "a brilliant piece of running", right into his father's arms.
You Go Girl: The entire reason Danny decided to field his own team was because Becky didn't make his brother's team for the sole reason that she was a girl.