Everyone's Hero

Movie review by
Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
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A formulaic feel-good movie with positive messages.
  • G
  • 2006
  • 90 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

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Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational value

Kids may learn a bit about Babe Ruth.

Positive messages

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 & representations

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.

Sexy stuff
Language

"Butt," "jerk," "booger." "Don't make me break out my whoopin' stick!" (uttered by the bat); the sandlot kids talk rudely to Yankee.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some smoking among adult characters.

What 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."

User Reviews

Parent of a 5 year old Written byInconceivable March 5, 2011
It's not bland! It's only weakness is that it's not over the top constantly...but thats not a weakness in my house. We love the simple humorous...
Adult Written byadrub April 9, 2008

Finally..good clean animation!

We were glad to be able to take our kids to a movie that was actually made for kids. There didn't appear to be the lure of analogies, euphimisms or just s...
Teen, 15 years old Written bymilo remmestein December 27, 2011

Talking bats will exist one day *emphasis on sarcasm and funny accent*

Hey people, long story short, talking baseball bats are going to exist in the future and yes, Whoopi Goldberg voiced the talking bat.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysillywiz May 15, 2011

heroic story line

Was a really good movie. I watched it with a lot of youger kids and they allllll loved it!

What's the story?

In EVERYBODY'S HERO, Yankee Irving (Jake T. Austin) is a dedicated baseball fan who loves visiting his dad, Stanley (Mandy Patinkin), at his job at Yankee Stadium. When Babe Ruth's (Brian Dennehy) bat goes missing from the locker room on the eve of the 1932 World Series on Stanley's shift, he ends up getting fired. Yankee makes a connection between the person he saw in the locker room, Lefty Maginnis (William H. Macy), and the missing bat (voiced by (Whoopi Goldberg). With his new friend, wise-cracking baseball Screwie (Rob Reiner), Yankee sets off to find and return the missing bat. Helping Yankee on his quest is energetic tomboy Marti (Raven Symone). And Yankee's hardworking mom, Emily (Dana Reeve), believes in her family and looks after them with loving care.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of putting family first and plugging through the rough times, as Yankee does in Everyone's Hero.

  • They can also talk about dreams and the determination needed to pursue them. Was Yankee right to take off on his own to return the bat? Could he have handled things differently to avoid putting himself in danger?

  • What does it take to be a hero? Who are the real heroes in our lives?

  • How do the characters in Everyone's Hero demonstrate perseverance, integrity, and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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