A League of Their Own

  • Review Date: July 7, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1992

Common Sense Media says

Terrific tweens-and-up story of women's baseball.
  • Review Date: July 7, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 1992

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The league isn't integrated, and in one scene we see that there are women of color who would have been excellent ball players. A few sex-related jokes.

Violence

The war's effect on the home front leads to some tense moments.

Sex

Men admire the girls in their skimpy uniforms. "All the Way Mae" pursues dates and exploits her feminine charms.

Language

Jimmy Dugan can be crass. All typical swear words minus the "f" word, but not used liberally. Some taunts with body parts mentioned.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Jimmy Dugan is frequently drunk in the movie's beginning.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some indirect sex talk and mild profanity make the movie somewhat questionable for younger kids, but tweens will like the spirit of camaraderie and the well-shot baseball games. The players model impressive team spirit while the movie tells the little-known true tale of women's wartime baseball.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Set in the 1940s, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN focuses on the exceptional circumstances surrounding the All-American Girls League. Like most baseball movies, the film follows the skills and friendships that develop among the Peaches, but in this case viewers also learn of the unique difficulties for a women's league in the midst of pre-feminist America. With guidance from their somewhat unstable and reluctant manager (Tom Hanks), Dottie (Geena Davis), Kit (Lori Petty), Doris (Rosie O'Donnell), Mae (Madonna), Marla (Megan Cavanagh) and the rest of the team face tough training sessions, mocking spectators, and other challenges as they try to win fans and beat opposing teams at a time when women were supposed to look pretty and bake cakes. And just when they achieve success on the playing field, the war ends, the male baseball players return home to the U.S., and the Peaches are abruptly abandoned by management and fans alike.

Is it any good?

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Everyone loves a good story about the teamwork and triumph that lies at the heart of America's favorite game, and this film adds the twist of women struggling to prove themselves as athletes in the 1940s. There are many funny and poignant moments, and the Peaches are an interesting bunch from various backgrounds (including Rosie O'Donnell as an outspoken former bouncer and Madonna as a sultry taxi-dancer). Tom Hanks is hilarious as manager Jimmy Dugan, and this is some of the richest character work he's done to date.

Tweens will probably enjoy this movie, though they may lose interest during the maudlin epilogue that's set forty years later, when the A.A.G.P.B.L. is finally recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about women's role (or lack thereof) in most professional sports. Do you think women could compete equally on men's teams? Why or why not?

  • In order to keep the game popular with fans, the players flaunted their femininity. Do you think this was all in good fun, a sign of the times, or somewhat demeaning to great athletes? 

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 1, 1992
DVD release date:June 4, 2002
Cast:Geena Davis, Madonna, Tom Hanks
Director:Penny Marshall
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Drama
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Book characters, History, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:124 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild profanity

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Teen, 17 years old Written bycraftysafdie April 9, 2008
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Adult Written byMovieLover101 April 9, 2008
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A nice little film about a womens baseball league

I enjoyed this film. It was quirky and cute, yet daring. Early Hanks is great with good supporting cast. I thought I was going to dislike it since these type of movies are "Not my thing", but I was suprised. Great family film to watch with the kids on a Sunday evening.

Parent of a 10 year old Written byScienceIn June 13, 2011
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A Baseball Classic

So few baseball movies of interest and appropriate for the tweens. This one was LOVED by my 10-year-old son who found the humor, message, and baseball plays all entertaining. He was remembering things to me the following day -- something he's never done before. You'll need to deal with the drunk of a manager, but even he redeems himself in the end. Language was nothing more that a bit crude, but certainly funny and memorable for the 10+ boy.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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