Major League

 
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Crowd-pleasing '80s underdog sports comedy.
  • Review Date: May 26, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1989
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

What parents need to know

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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

These days feel-good sports flicks are usually historical dramas about the first team to overcome racism, poverty, or devastating odds. Major League is a refreshingly fictional and light story about a very real team: the Cleveland Indians.

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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 7, 1989
DVD release date:April 10, 2007
Cast:Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Tom Berenger
Director:David S. Ward
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:107 minutes
MPAA rating:R

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Parent Written byCommanderBond April 14, 2013
 

Major League

There is no violence or nudity, just bad language. A fun sports movie for anyone from middle school age on up.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written bykalleyeope April 9, 2008
 
Teen, 13 years old Written byGreat gatsby August 6, 2013
 

Not too bad except for curses

Language is constant f. And s word very good movie saw it when i was 11 not bad except for cursing a lot f and s
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Too much swearing

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