Angels in the Outfield
What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.