YMMV / Little Giants

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Coach Kevin didn't cut Becky because she was a girl. He cut her because he didn't want her to get hurt.
    • This point is driven home by the fact that Becky is Kevin's niece.
  • Critical Research Failure: The Mayor mentions that the town joined the Pop Warner league for little league football. Pop Warner expressly forbids try outs and cutting players for not having athletic ability like we saw in the beginning of the film, any kid can sign up to join. All Danny or any of the other Giants parents had to do was file a complaint to the League and Kevin would have been forced to take the kids onto his team.note 
  • Designated Villain: Coach Kevin is the villain of the movie because he didn't allow for a couple lesser-skilled children to make the cut for his pee wee football team. While villain is indeed an overstatement, he proudly cut one of the most talented players from the tryout just because of her biological sex- so he's not without his uglier straw prejudices either. Despite this Kick the Dog, the film emphasizes that he's not a cheater and that he does genuinely care about his brother and niece.
    • Perhaps better examples would be Spike's dad (who orders Spike to injure an opponent) and Coach Butts (who constantly insults the Giants players).
  • Fridge Logic: The score is tied 21-21. Kevin's Cowboys push the ball to the Giant's 1-yard-line. It's 4th down, and there's just 10 seconds remaining in the game. Any football coach in this position would opt to just kick a field goal, and yet, Kevin opts to attempt to run it in.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Devon Sawa's first film.
    • Susanna Thompson as Devon Sawa's mother, and Rick Moranis' current day love-interest. Current day viewers would see her as Moira Queen from Arrow.
    • Todd Bosley for those who recognize the child actor as the kid Kramer had to babysit in Seinfeld.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Johnny gets the ball, and he sees his father approaching the field.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Spike don't play with girls."
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Spike don't play with girls" considering Shawna Waldron (Becky) later stared in seriously steamy movie roles... how could Spike not want to play with that girl?
  • Moment of Awesome: When Mike orders Spike to injure Junior, Kevin responds by threatening to throw him off the team. Mike says "I thought you wanted to win?" to which Kevin replies "Not like that I don't"
    • Also when Becky comes in and helps turn the game around by making some key plays. Including stuffing Spike on fourth down on what would have been a game winning play.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Spike's father, Mike Hammersmith, crossed it the moment he ordered his son to injure another player out of the game.
  • Signature Scene: "The Annexation of Puerto Rico" is basically the movie's version of the fumblerooski.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Danny lying to Mike and Spike about his identity in order to get Spike onto his team. It's a surprisingly underhanded and dirty thing to do, and his comments to Mike afterward (he falls on Exact Words in saying he was Coach O'Shea and not Kevin O'Shea) come across as rather condescending. It almost sets Danny and Kevin up as Not So Different except the film opts to focus on the fact that Mike and Spike were just assholes rather than that they were wronged.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Danny thinking that he could get away with adding Spike Hammersmith to his football team by lying to Spike's father about being Kevin O'Shea.
    • Similar to what's mentioned in Fridge Logic, Kevins thought-process in the final seconds of the game would drive any actual football coach nuts. Why Kevin doesn't just attempt a field-goal to go up 24-21 is anyone's guess.
    • Coach Butts pulls up to the Little Giants fundraising car wash in a convertible with the top down and proceeds to insult the entire team to their faces, Did he really think he would get out of there dry?
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