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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexually suggestive scenes.
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Products & Purchases
Brand names (the game in the movie is broadcast on Fox and their logo appears onscreen throughout. Also some sports companies logos appear, and there is one very clear shot of a bottle of Advil).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking, one character gets quite drunk during a celebration.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie contains some sexually suggestive scenes and strong language, but not a lot of either. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME falls toward the sentimental side of the scale. It's an old-fashioned romance with no real surprises, but the material is handled well, and it's just about impossible not to get caught up in the story. Costner is great at this kind of role -- somber and stalwart, but with a streak of dark humor. Preston becomes more appealing as the film goes on, and by the end you're rooting for the team and the couple to pull it together.
In less competent hands this could be a slushy mess, but Sam Raimi brings a seriousness and maturity to the film that work well, and his shots are beautifully composed and edited. Most likely, he loves baseball, too. This is fine family viewing, though young children may find the relationship boring. The baseball, however, is beautiful, and any fan watching will remember why they fell in love with the sport.
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