Major League

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Crowd-pleasing '80s underdog sports comedy.
  • R
  • 1989
  • 107 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Even when faced with nearly impossible odds and no confidence from their owner, the ragtag team pulls together to give the season their best shot.

Violence

Dorn and Vaughn push and shove each other, and in another scene Dorn punches Vaughn in the face. A couple of players give each other menacing looks.

Sex

There's asexual partial nudity in the team locker room (bare butts are visible). The female team owner slaps a couple of players' butts. Two sets of characters have off-screen sex (the viewer sees just foreplay and afterglow). A player is caught cheating on his wife in a televised news segment.

Language

This is major-league cursing: More than two dozen "F"-words and "s--t," along with "ass," "Goddamn," "dick," and one "motherf--ker." There's even cursing in Spanish, courtesy of Cerrano.

Consumerism

Major League Baseball: Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The guys drink cocktails and beer. Cerrano (and Jobu) smokes cigars and drinks rum.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this R-rated sports comedy includes a great deal of foul language. In some scenes nearly every other word is an obscenity. The rest of the movie is pretty tame, however. You'll find some drinking and cigar-smoking, plus there are a couple of discreet love scenes and some glimpses of players' backsides in the locker room.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byMilt_Mason June 17, 2019

A foulmouthed film with a good heart

There are a lot of cuss words in this movie. It has almost as many swears as my kids hear in a normal visit to my parent's house. It's a funny movie... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bybigMIKE5476 January 20, 2019

LET YOUR KID WATCH THIS!!

This movie is HILARIOUS! It’s really not that bad. There’s a lot of swearing, but nothjng your kids haven’t heard before. It’s really funny and really not that... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAfter Hour Movies April 8, 2020

Major League Review

Major League is my favorite baseball movie. I even like it better than Bad News Bears. This film is also one of my favorite 80's movies as well as my secon... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bycat and movie lady February 24, 2020

The humor outweighs the F-bombs

This movie is a classic and it's super funny. I don't know why it's rated R, my mom let me watch it when I was 11 and I turned out fine. There... Continue reading

What's the story?

When the greedy widow of the Cleveland Indians' owner decides she'd rather relocate the team to Miami, she assembles an awful roster to ensure game attendance is at an all-time low. The team starters are a bunch of has-beens and never-will-bes like over-the-hill catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger), "wild thing" rookie pitcher Rick Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and cocky base-stealer Willy Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), none of whom knows they've been set up to lose. After an unexpected winning streak, the team discovers the owner's plans and vows to win at all costs -- even praying to the Afro-Cuban player's (Dennis Haysbert) voodoo god Jobu, who accepts fine rum and cigar offerings.

Is it any good?

Major League is a refreshingly fictional and light story about a very real team: the Cleveland Indians. It's a nice change from all the feel-good sports flicks that are usually historical dramas about the first team to overcome racism, poverty, or devastating odds.

Sheen shines as the rockin' closer with a lot of attitude. As his foil, Corbin Bernsen is perfectly vain as the all-business pro athlete who's cashing in off the field but is checked out on the field. Even 18 years after its original release, the movie is still a fun, lightweight sports flick. When Berenger leads the team to a predictable championship victory, it's impossible not to grin.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about determination and overcoming obstacles. What starts out as a group of "losers" without a chance turns into the little team that could. How does the owner's lack of confidence affect the players? Why is it so compelling to root for the underdog? Kids: name your favorite sports movies.

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