A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence includes a ball hit into the pitcher's crotch, threats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit sexual references, non-explicit sexual situations.
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Strong language for a PG-13.
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Products & Purchases
Viagra and other products mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, scenes in bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has strong language for a PG-13, with a wider range of bad words than normally occur in movies of this kind. There are a series of jokes about the inability of a Japanese ballplayer to curse correctly. The movie has non-explicit sexual situations and explicit sexual references. Characters discuss what made sex with each other the best either of them had ever had and make Viagra jokes. There's a reference to an alcohol abuse problem, and there are many scenes in a bar. A strength of the movie is the portrayal of intelligent and capable African-American and female characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Bernie Mac doesn't hit this one out of the park in MR. 3000, but he manages a solid double in his first starring role. There are no surprises here, but director Charles Stone III provides a little of the flair he showed us with the marvelous Drumline. There are some disappointing musical choices (really, how many times has "Let's Get it On" been used for romantic interludes) but also some charmingly surprising ones (the portion of "The Nutcracker Suite" best remembered as the music for the mushroom dance in Fantasia as the ball players warm up).
Bernie Mac is wonderfully assured. We knew he was funny, but he is unexpectedly tender here as well. Angela Bassett allows herself to be a little more vulnerable than we have seen before, making their romance something we really root for.
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