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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids may learn a bit about Babe Ruth.
If you "keep swingin'" you will succeed. Perseverance is the key to self-esteem. Good friends and family will be there for you. Integrity and teamwork are important themes.
Positive Role Models
Yankee loves baseball with a passion, but, at age 10, he doesn't yet have much skill. He gets picked last for games at the sandlot, yet he soldiers on for love of the game. He is a bit stubborn. When he comes to bat, teammates order him not to swing, but he ignores them and strikes out. When Babe Ruth's bat is stolen, Yankee takes off on his own to recover the bat, even though the journey is scary. Yankee is loyal and has a sense of responsibility as he does his best to help his father get his job back. Lefty is a rude and disrespectful thief. The owner of the Chicago Cubs is a conniving cheat. Kids at the sandlot make fun of Yankee but cheer for him by story's end. Good friends help Yankee in his quest. Players from the Negro League support Yankee and teach him how to hit.
Violence & Scariness
The kids at the sandlot throw things at Yankee. Lefty gets assaulted in a variety of cartoon ways: kicked in the face, slammed onto a railroad track, and smacked by a baseball bat. Yankee encounters peril on the trip. Babe Ruth bobblehead dolls are violently decapitated by the Cubs owner.
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"Butt," "jerk," "booger." "Don't make me break out my whoopin' stick!" (uttered by the bat); the sandlot kids talk rudely to Yankee.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some smoking among adult characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Everyone's Hero is a 2006 animated movie about baseball. OK, so it's the same old "persevering against the odds" theme that's been done a million times. That said, it's a pleasant look back at an era when kids plastered their rooms with baseball banners and heroes could be found at every baseball stadium. Some smoking among adult characters. The kids at the sandlot throw things at Yankee. Lefty gets assaulted in a variety of cartoon ways: kicked in the face, slammed onto a railroad track, and smacked by a baseball bat. Yankee encounters peril on the trip. Babe Ruth bobblehead dolls are violently decapitated by the Cubs owner. Some name-calling and mild profanity include "butt," "jerk," and "booger." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Baseball, kids, family, honor -- it's a nice legacy left by Christopher and Dana Reeve in their last project before both their deaths. Though a bit formulaic (let's face it -- we've been desensitized by fast-moving films), Everybody's Hero offers a positive message about doing the right thing and never giving up, even in the face of adversity.
It also reminds kids that dreams really can come true and that we should always put our families first, even if it means going to the ends of the earth to set things right. And with a G rating, it's one of those rare movies that's great for kids of all ages.
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