Parents' Guide to

Back in the Game

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Coarse Little League sitcom boasts cute cast, tired jokes.

TV ABC Comedy 2013
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Don't expect the middle

I got a free preview of this program though it was cute there are some content issues "a kid tells the couch he likes her boobs " two same sex kisses agin by kids talk of periods and some language i personaly don't think it should be on right after the middle due to this content but if u feel your kid is mature enough to handle it I say try it it's well worth it

Is It Any Good?

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Haven't we seen this story before? Like, several times? The Bad News Bears was made into two separate movies, and even a TV series in the late 1970s. It even seems like James Caan's character is a retreat on the washed-up boozy coach played by Walter Matthau and Billy Bob Thornton. Of course, in Back in the Game, things are changed up by throwing a female coach into the mix, a sassy single mom who actually cares if her own son succeeds both on the baseball diamond and in his life. But the endless weiner jokes and pratfalls still seem like they'd fit in perfectly with the 1970s Bad News Bears. Could we have some fresh jokes, please?

Still, James Caan can land a joke and it's great to see him. And the actors playing his grandson, daughter, and her dizzy best friend are telegenic and charming. Perhaps if this family comedy injects a bit more heart into the proceedings and loses a few penis jokes, it'd be a decent whole-family viewing bet.

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