Angels In The Outfield parents guide

Angels In The Outfield Parent Guide

Overall B

With the faith only a child can possess, Roger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) prays each night for the California Angles, believing if they win the pennant his delinquent Dad will return. His fervent pleas are answered when heavenly angles appear, not only to help the baseball players, but to create a few miracles for the fatherless boy as well.

Release date July 14, 1994

Violence A
Sexual Content A
Profanity B
Substance Use --

Why is Angels In The Outfield rated PG? The MPAA rated Angels In The Outfield PG mild language

Run Time: 102 minutes

Parent Movie Review

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.

Starring Christopher Lloyd, Danny Glover, Tony Danza. Running time: 102 minutes. Theatrical release July 14, 1994. Updated

Angels In The Outfield Parents' Guide

  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?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Angels In The Outfield movie is April 22, 2002. Here are some details…

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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  In the film It’s a Wonderful Life, heaven intervenes by sending an angel to help a discouraged man. Baseball plays a central role in the lives of a group of neighborhood kids in the movie, The Sandlot.

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