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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Embrace all you meet, because there is something to be learned from each person you encounter. Also, there are multiple ways to look at every situation.
Positive Role Models
The leading male and female roles in this movie are multifaceted. Annie is smart, giving, thoughtful, and comfortable with her sexuality. She is extremely well-read and teaches her lovers about poetry and metaphysics. Crash is Annie's perfect match. He has learned from his life experiences and knows exactly what he wants. He too is smart, generous, and level-headed. Crash thoughtfully comes down from the Major Leagues to help train and teach a promising rookie maturity and professionalism.
Violence & Scariness
There are two fist fights between the rookie pitcher and the catcher; however, they are short and there is no bloodshed. Lots of yelling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The movie's plot compares sex to baseball. The film is chock-full of sex, some nudity, and frank sexual discussions.
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Very strong language. The word "f--k" occurs over 10 times in the first 20 minutes of the movie. Also, "son of a bitch," "p---y," "c--k," and "s--t" are frequent.
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Products & Purchases
The players drink Miller Light and Jim Beam.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The coaches chew tobacco, Annie smokes marijuana, and the players drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are many explicit discussions of sexuality in Bull Durham. Susan Sarandon's character spends a great deal of screen time outlining her philosophy on sexuality, especially about the relationship between sex and baseball. There are a few scenes of simulated sex with a little nudity. Alcohol, lots of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and "p---y"), bar fights, and a marijuana reference are also onscreen. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer/director Ron Shelton brings a modicum of authenticity to this tale of baseball and sex due to his own experiences as a minor league player. But you don't have to be a devotee of Annie's "Church of Baseball" to enjoy Bull Durham's earthy mix of romance, sports, and comedy. Although much of the movie takes place in dugouts, locker rooms, and on the mound, it will appeal to audiences everywhere.
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