Since Outliers is a big movie fan, we’ll also share news of another new movie with a healthcare angle. Investors in a California healthcare finance company may be thrilled by Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert’s recent review of “The Perfect Game,” a movie released in April about the 1957 Little League World Series.
That’s because Medical Capital Holdings poured $22 million into the film and related entertainment company. The Tustin, Calif.-based finance company, along with a subsidiary and two executives, is facing fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission. (The executives denied the allegations in an April court filing).
Medical Capital has been under control of a court-appointed receiver since last August. And the receiver took the opportunity to plug “The Perfect Game” in e-mails and on his website, where he posted links to reviews and a list of theaters showing the film. “It is a heartwarming movie that grandparents and their grandchildren can enjoy together,” he said.
Other critics were unimpressed. The New York Times dismissed the movie as “so overwhelmed by its own based-on-actual-events tale that it can’t find the tone to tell it effectively.”
But the Boston Globe’s Tom Russo notes the team’s tale is not widely known in the U.S. “Americans don’t know their story, not the way we know that, say, Yankees pitcher Don Larsen tossed a perfect game—no hits, no walks, no errors—in the 1956 World Series. But the movie makes it all seem just as big.” As for Ebert: “You sort of know how these underdog sports movies turn out,” he wrote. “Doesn’t matter.”