Parents' Guide to

The Bad News Bears

By TS Yellin, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Edgy '70s baseball comedy has lots of cursing, drinking.

Movie PG 1976 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 12+

PG-13 for language

Honestly, the only thing I'd be worried about is the language. The movie uses the N-word and "sp1c" three times each. Just tell your child that it's never okay to say those words.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

TV-14-Rasist Slurs, Language, Underage Drinking, Drinking, Smoking, &Sexual Refferances

Quite Edgy It Did Not Age Well. PG-13 To R Rated Comedy

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22):
Kids say (22):

A Rocky-style sports movie packed with thrills, The Bad News Bears maintains a level of intelligence that its knock offs, like The Mighty Ducks, can't approach. It's thrilling, funny, and, at times, a poignant baseball film. It also reflects the taboo-testing 1970s. Though edgy, particularly when adults push their kids to win at all costs, it's a winner with a tremendous amount of heart. This movie never condescends as it unblinkingly portrays the not-always-wholesome world of Little League baseball. It's a world where children often brutalize the less skilled while parents insensitively encourage this cutthroat attitude. This theme of adults relentlessly pushing their offspring to succeed, usually more for themselves, is far too recognizable.

Besides this cold dose of reality, the movie also offers a steady supply of laughter. Much of it comes from the colorful collection of characters on the team. Not surprisingly, even more humor emanates from master curmudgeon Walter Matthau and his lively interplay with Tatum O'Neal. O'Neal creates an emotionally rich character who hides her need for a father behind a veneer of precocious independence.

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