Angels in the Outfield

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

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 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
Language

Occasional swear words.

Consumerism
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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byeagle_wings2000 April 9, 2008

I cried I laugh

Great movie 2 thumbs up.
Adult Written byjoshua martinez September 30, 2011

7 and up.

Angels in the Outfield is a good Heartwarming movie about hope and baseball good for your young ones and parents the only issue that this movie has is some lang... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bycsi miami April 9, 2008

i loved this movie

i like the movie becouse it had alot of humor and brought something new to t.v. and movies . not only 4 children but 4 adualts as well
Teen, 13 years old Written byvictorfavero April 9, 2008

Loved this movie since I saw it when I was 5

I saw this movie in 1999 and have since seen it many more times. Brilliant with a good message.

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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