Maybe 10 years ago, my dad's best friend hit me with two entirely unsolicited movie recommendations: Amazing Grace and Chuck and The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (which I still haven't seen). Now, this friend, while an awesome guy, is also quite happily full of crap, and spends a lot of time spewing knowledge on things he actually knows very little about. So, it was with no little trepidation that I sat down to watch Amazing Grace and Chuck, a movie about a little league baseball player, an NBA superstar and, yes, nuclear disarmament. Yep, it's cheesy beyond all rational bounds of cheese, and weird and simplistic and idealized and all that -- and even today, I literally cannot talk about it without crying. (This post actually grew out of a conversation I had with my dad a few weeks ago during which I tried to remind him of the movie's plot. I had to stop because I got so choked up. Yes, I'm pathetic.)

For the 99.4% of you who have never seen the movie, it's about a kid named Chuck (played by the adorable, worried-looking Joshua Zuehlke, who never appeared on screen again) who is a great little league pitcher and also the son of a fighter pilot. As a special school trip, his dad hooks Chuck's class up with a visit to the local nuclear base, where some asshead military guy informs Chuck that, if a nuclear bomb went off as his sister, say, dropped a fork, she'd be vaporized before it hit the floor. (This man clearly has never talked to a child before.) Needless to say, this haunts Chuck, and he finally decided to give up his "best thing" -- pitching -- as a protest against nuclear weapons. Oh, and he stops talking, too. Chuck is a very serious kid.
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