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''Little Giants'' is a 1994 family sports comedy starring Creator/RickMoranis and Creator/EdONeill.

This is the story of two brothers, Kevin (O'Neill) and Danny (Moranis) O'Shea. One was blessed with the kind of raw football talent given to those who were born to bask in gridiron glory. The other,…became Rick Moranis. As the two grew up and made families of their own, Danny stood in the shadow of the pedestal the residents of their hometown had placed upon Kevin.

That all changed one day when Danny's daughter, Becky O'Shea (Shawna Waldron) wanted to try out for the local pee-wee football team, the Cowboys, coached by her uncle Kevin. Unfortunately, despite the fact that she is often acknowledged as the best player in the entire town, she is passed over simply because...she's a girl. Not wanting to back down, she [[StartMyOwn proceeds to form her own football team with the other kids not deemed good enough to make the Pee Wee Cowboys team]]. They manage to get Danny as their head coach and name themselves "The Little Giants". Inevitably, they 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.

No relation to the Creator/AbbottAndCostello film ''Little Giant''.

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!!Tropes evident in ''Little Giants'' include:

* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: Danny and Kevin make it into one by putting their businesses on the line: Danny's gas station versus Kevin's car dealership.
* AllGuysWantCheerleaders: Kevin [[ExploitedTrope exploits this]] to convince Becky to become a cheerleader instead of a player in order to get Junior's attention.
* AmazonChaser: Junior likes Becky because she's a football player.
-->'''Junior''': ''You're cool. You're the Icebox. You're the only person I've met that can beat up my dad.''
* ArcWords: "One time."
* BerserkButton: Do NOT talk about Jake's momma, you will NOT like him when he is angry. 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.
* BigGame: Happens exactly as described when the Giants take on the Cowboys.
* BlackAndNerdy: 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.
* TheCameo: 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.
* {{Catchphrase}}: "You'll thank me tomorrow". Kevin not only says this to people who are displeased by his decisions but also uses it as a motto for his car dealership.
* ChickMagnet: Devon Sawa's character Junior Floyd attracts every girl in this film, allegedly even the older ones. Becky becomes a cheerleader, thinking he'll notice her more.
* ContrastMontage: 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.
* DaddyDidntShow: Played with with Johnny's dad, who is seen going on at least two business trips in the two weeks before the game. Ultimately averted when he shows up for the game, causing Johnny to dodge the entire Cowboys team to hug him in the end zone.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The Giants are a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits that failed the try-outs cobbled together with random kids off the street while the Cowboys are an elite pee-wee team handpicked by Kevin O'Shea.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: After the Giants beat the Cowboys, Danny makes the offer to Kevin to have the two teams merge into one.]]
* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Danny thought he could keep Spike and his Dad from finding out he's not the "Coach O'Shea" they're looking for. All Kevin has to do is show up to expose the ruse.
* DownToTheLastPlay: The Annexation of Puerto Rico is the last chance for the Little Giants to pull off a win.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While Kevin O'Shea certainly isn't evil, we see that even though he wants to win the big game, he wants to do so fair and square and calls out Spike's father on his actions.
-->'''Kevin:''' Hammersmith? If that kid of yours pulls another stunt like that, you're both out of here.
-->'''Mr. Hammersmith:''' Hey, come on! I thought you wanted to ''win'' this thing!
-->'''Kevin:''' Not like that.
* ExactWords
--> '''Mr. Hammersmith:''' "So you're a Heisman Trophy winner?."
--> '''Danny O'Shea:''' "I said I was Coach O'Shea. I never said I was Kevin."
* FakeRabies: Alka-Seltzer tablets were used this way for the purpose of "intimidation".
* FanOfUnderdog: 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.
* FoeTossingCharge: 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.
* FriendlyEnemy: 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, and Kevin's wife contributes to the fundraiser for Danny's team. Despite his hard views on winning and losing Kevin [[EvenEvilHasStandards has standards]] in playing, such as his reaction to foul play, and he genuinely does love his niece even when she's playing for the opposing team. [[spoiler: Danny even cancels the bet in exchange for Kevin fulfilling his childhood promise to Danny of having both their names on the water tower.]]
* GroinAttack:
** 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.
** Kevin gets one of these. While running a practice on the second floor of his house, he attempts to show a player what to do by charging his wife (who is holding a mock-up of Becky). She is terrified, screams, and dodges out of the way. He grabs the mock-up, crashes through a window, and ends up straddling a tree branch. He is later seen icing it.
* HometownHero: In-universe. 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.
* IronicEcho: When Danny and Kevin make their wager above, Kevin immediately says "There'll always be a place for you at the full-service pumps." [[spoiler: 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!"]]
* IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes: When Becky asks Kevin if his daughter likes Junior, Kevin asks if Veronica likes Archie.
* JerkJock: All of the players on the Cowboys team are smug about their greater ability compared to the Giants.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kevin seems to teeter on this throughout the movie, especially where Becky is concerned.
-->'''Becky:''' Hey, Uncle Kev?
-->'''Kevin:''' What?
-->'''Becky:''' Do you think I'm pretty?
-->'''Kevin:''' (Matter-of-factly) No.
-->'''Becky:''' (Frowns)
-->'''Kevin:''' (Smiles; just as matter-of-factly) I think you're beautiful.
-->'''Becky:''' (Smiles)
* KavorkaMan: Danny manages to attract a wife hot enough to birth Becky ''and'' Patty Floyd all while operating a failing service station, being rather plain looking, and also very short.
* MiracleRally: The "one time" speech at halftime leads to a Little Giants counterattack.
* MissingMom: Danny O'Shea's wife left him and Becky.
* MythologyGag:
** When Becky takes the field, she wears #56, which was worn by the actual Giants legendary linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Becky immediately dominates the game on defense, and notably single-handedly drops Spike for a loss at two key moments in the game, including the 4th down goal line stand.
** Some of the other players wear numbers relevant to the two NFL teams around the time the film was made. For example, the quarterbacks for the teams wore the numbers of the starting quarterbacks of their respective NFL teams at the time the film was filmed: Junior wore (recently-retired) Phil Simms' #11, while the Cowboys quarterback wore Troy Aikman's #8.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Spike Hammersmith.
* NiceGuy: Danny O'Shea creates the Giants because he wants to everyone to play.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If not for Spike hitting Junior, Becky wouldn't have returned to the Giants. He even ''taunted'' her moments after the deed was done.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Set in Urbania, Ohio. Though there is an Urbana, Ohio (no "i"), the name was changed just so the announcer can call the game the "Mania in Urbania".
* OhCrap: When Junior Floyd is injured by a underhanded hit from Spike, she drops her pom poms, dons a uniform and joins in to replace him. Then we see Kevin with this reaction.
--> '''Spike's Dad''': Whats that cheerleader doing with a helmet on?\\
'''Kevin''': That's no cheerleader. That's my niece, Becky. She's pissed.
** The Giants get one when Becky walks into the locker room in her cheerleader outfit.
** And an amusing one when Jake's mom walks him in when they're trying on the football gear.
* OneOfTheBoys - Becky "The Icebox" O'Shea is the only girl at the tryouts. She later laments this status when she thinks it makes her unattractive.
* OpposingSportsTeam: The Cowboys are the "soulless regimen" types, and take the sport way too seriously, but only Spike is really evil.
* OrderedToCheat: Spike's dad tells his son to take Junior out. He does after the whistle, only getting a 15 yard penalty for it (and no ejection). Kevin O'Shea [[EvenEvilHasStandards severely dresses down Spike's dad]] afterwards. Kevin points out to Spike's dad as soon as Becky walks on the field that she's pissed because of that.
* PluckyGirl: Becky O'Shea is rejected from the official team at the start and some boys pick on her but she sticks at the sport.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A {{tomboy}}, a black kid who can't catch, a chessplayer, and a boy that dresses like a cowboy are amoung the members of the Giants team.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Becky goes on this against Spike after Junior is injured.
* RousingSpeech: "Even if they beat you 99 times out of 100, that still leaves..."
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: The attitude of Kevin O'Shea and he [[spoiler: still carries that feeling when the Cowboys lose to the Giants.]]
* ShoutOut: Kevin uses [[Franchise/ArchieComics Veronica and Archie]] as a reference to answer a question from Becky.
* SicklyNeuroticGeek: Jake's status as this is made worse by his [[MyBelovedSmother 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 [[spoiler:scores the touchdown off of it]].
* SmoochOfVictory:
** [[spoiler: Patty gives one to Danny after the game ends and Danny finally has the courage to ask her out to dinner.]]
** [[spoiler: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.]]
* StartMyOwn: The Little Giants were started by kids who were not chosen to play for the Cowboys.
* TeamSpirit:
** At one point, most of TheTeam quits but a pep talk from pro players convince them to continue playing through teamwork.
** Then there's the "One Time" halftime speech.
* TenMinuteRetirement: Becky decides to quit football and become a cheerleader in the hope that Junior will like her better that way. She comes back when Spike [[UnnecessaryRoughness hits Junior after the whistle.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Spike Hammersmith. "Spike don't play with girls."
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: The first touchdown by the Giants is scored by "Rad" Tad Simpson after the following exchange in the huddle:
--> '''Junior''': Okay guys, listen up. What would be the ''last'' thing they'd expect us to do?\\
'''Tad''': ({{Beat}}) A reverse to me?
* TokenEvilTeammate: Most of the Cowboys are overly serious about what they do, but only Spike can truly be called nasty.
* {{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.
* TurnCoat: 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?
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: 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. [[spoiler: The [[SmoochOfVictory victory kiss]] after the game sealed the deal.]]
* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[spoiler: Come back from a 21-0 halftime defeat? Yes.]]
* UnnecessaryRoughness: The officials seemed to do little but whistle plays dead, with the only penalty in the game the late hit on Junior. Many holding and facemask penalties went uncalled against the Giants throughout the game. An example would be that Zoltec's {{Fartillery}} would constitute a false start, and the "acid indigestion" pills would pull an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: 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.
* YouGoGirl: 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.

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