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Angels In The Outfield

Released

Latest Home Video

Apr 22, 2002

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

102

Cast

Christopher Lloyd

Danny Glover

Tony Danza

Studio

1994 Walt Disney Pictures

Still shot from the movie: Angels In The Outfield.

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OverallB
ViolenceA
SexA
LanguageB
Drugs/Alcohol--
Run Time102

Making the Grades

Based on the 1951 movie of the same name, Disney's Angels in the Outfield is a story about two young boys, Roger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and JP (Milton Davis Jr.), and their efforts to find a way out of their group home.

Roger has a father (Dermot Mulroney), but he's unemployed, uninterested, and unfeeling. Unable to cope since the death of the boy's mother (and likely long before then), the man abandons his parental responsibilities. Just before he rides off into the sunset on his motorbike, he sarcastically answers his son's questions about a future reunion by saying, "When the Angels win the pennant."

Obviously figuring pigs will fly first, the delinquent dad doesn't account for the faith of a child.

Taking his flippant remark literally, little Roger and JP begin praying night and day for the success of the California Angels, the baseball team that practices at the Anaheim Stadium which is a mere three-base-run away from the foster home where they live.

It seems someone "up there" hears their fervent pleadings, and suddenly heavenly angels mysteriously appear to assist the presently down-on-their-luck players. Of course, Roger is the only one who can see the divine interveners. When he tries to tell George Knox (Danny Glover) about the winged helpers, the grumpy manager dismisses both the idea and the kids. Yet as time passes, the jaded man begins to believe there might be something to the boys' out-of-this-world explanation for the unexplainable things that are happening.

Of course, there is nothing unpredictable about this script. It hits all the usual bases, including the amazing rise of the bottom-ranked ball players, the showdown final game, and the miraculous softening of the tough guy's heart.

Yet, despite the sentimental plot and a few bad words, many parents will appreciate this feel-good, child-pleasing tale. Given a bit of spit and polish with its visual effects, Angels in the Outfield is the sort of movie that's safe at home.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Angels In The Outfield.

  Although it makes for a happy ending to the movie, how reasonable do you think it is for a man with a busy job requiring a lot of travel to provide a home for young children? What other alternatives might there be for solving Roger and JP’s problems?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
Not Rated
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated -----
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: NA

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Details on home video releases of Angels In The Outfield...

This DVD release of Angles in the Outfield doesn’t cover any extra bases, but you will get the movie in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround Sound, with closed captioning.

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