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As far as kids’ sports movies go, you can do a lot worse than “Little Giants” (1994). I know that’s not much of an endorsement, but the genre has a low ceiling. And this one does indeed have all the cliche rag-tag misfits (fat kid, nerdy kid, sickly kid, tomboy, blah, blah, blah) that make for eye-rolling hijinks. Two brothers – one’s a champ, one’s a wimp – square off as youth football coaches, but the subplots make the difference. The tomboy’s having an identity crisis, while hometown Heisman hero Ed O’Neill has several nice-guy moments that belie his hard-nosed sibling persona.

I first saw “Ghostbusters” (1984) at a theater in Waikiki. Needless to say, I enjoyed it. Even though Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote it and Bill Murray and Aykroyd star, it isn’t considered a classic “Saturday Night Live movie.” It doesn’t have as many belly laughs as “Animal House,” “Caddyshack” or “Stripes,” but from a plot construction standpoint, it might be better written than those three. It makes sense, is fast paced, there’s Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver – what’s not to like? And there are some classic one-liners, like when dickless gets blamed for shutting off the power grid.