Angels in the Outfield

Movie review by
Shannon Lucas, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Heartwarming movie about hope and baseball.
  • PG
  • 1994
  • 103 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

One fight scene with a few punches thrown. Nothing graphic.

Sexy Stuff

Occasional swear words.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film has a few mild swear words and one mild fistfight. The overall tone of the message is definitely appropriate for kids.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent Written byJohn K. December 26, 2019

I love this movie!

Lots of positive messages in this movie. It's got a fantasy angel spin on feel good sports movie, but at it's heart it's not really about sports... Continue reading
Adult Written byfonzieg April 25, 2015

Some great performances, but occasionally boring, it's only worth watching once!

It's not a great film at all, it does get boring when they keep shoving stuff about angels down our throats for like 70% of the movie, but some of the base... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySertyU October 12, 2016

Great movie that anybody could watch, except for some language

Perfectly fine for anybody to watch, but it's not for younger children who can't handle the language. We hear several times "d**n", "h... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old February 20, 2013


This movie is awesome, but I just wish it didn't have bad language in it. Inspirational movie for kids and parents.
-Mom helped with typing review*

What's the story?

Roger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a young boy who has lost his mother and been abandoned by his deadbeat dad. He lives with his best friend, J.P. (Milton Davis Jr.), in a foster home down the street from the Los Angeles' Angels baseball stadium. In response to his dad's comment that they can be a family again when the Angels win the pennant, baseball-crazy Roger makes a wish that they'll win. He soon discovers that angels, ones that only he can see, hear his wish and want to help. As the last-place team's luck starts to turn around, the presence of the angels help the team professionally and personally.

Is it any good?

This remake of the 1951 original is very family-friendly. Danny Glover does a great job as the baseball coach who begins to reform himself due to the presence of angels. The connection he develops with the two young boys is warm and believable. There are some touching moments, which might cause sensitive kids to cry. An added bonus for parents is watching current A-list stars like Matthew McConaughey and Adrien Brody play baseball teammates.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about foster homes, what they are and why children might live in one. There could also be a discussion about the definition of family and all the different forms that families can take, including adoption. Finally, families could talk about their own ideas about spirituality. While the film is about angels, the definition the movie gives is related to the concepts of faith and love rather than any religious view in particular.

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