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on June 13, 2001
Not-very-good remake about a last-place baseball team(the then-California Angels; the now-ANAHEIM Angels, thanks to Disney) which gets their help from Heaven all thanks to a little boy who just wants his father back.
Innocuous plotting and dialogue doesn't help much and why in the HECK would anyone want their kids to think that angels are biased spirits who help random sports teams CHEAT?!? Imagine explaining to your child that the very reason he didn't win was because there were no angels there to help his or her team...
I suppose all that wasn't the point, however. The movie just suffers from over-silliness and shows us that even though we have needless suffering throughout the planet, God will take his angels and let them play ball in order to help a child in need of role model(even though his sweet caregiver will do nicely). And can somebody tell me what kind of an orphanage will let their children go to a baseball game day after day even if it means travelling all over the CONTINENT???
The least favorite of all my favorite sports-movies is still okay for kids but I'm not entirely sure they'll fall for it either.
Followed by "Angels in the Endzone"(from Disney's quickee-department) and the enomously idiotic "Angels in the Infield"(from the part of Disney's department that's headed by six-year-olds).
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on August 27, 2003
"Angels in the Outfield" is a charming family film from Disney, certainly one of their better live-action productions. The story's premise is somewhat silly - a boy wishes that the Angels will win the pennant so that his father will take care of him again and he can leave his foster home. Nonetheless, it's perfectly-executed, in the style of '90s Disney films that work (such as Man of the House, Jungle 2 Jungle, Cool Runnings).
"Angels" blends comedy and drama without ever feeling like either element is forced. Kudos must go to the cast. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does an apt job in his starring role as Roger, and Danny Glover puts energy and heart into his performance as Angels manager George Knox. Christopher Lloyd is wired to comedic effect, as usual. Tony Danza is compassionate as a troubled, aging pitcher. Supporting cast does well, also - Milton Davis Jr. is likable as Roger's friend J.P., and Tony Longo provides some comic power. You'll also recognize some faces that have gone on to get lead work in a number of notable films, including Matthew McConaughey, Neal McDonough (TV's "Boomtown") and Adrien Brody.
Cynical audiences will surely find fault with the moralistic and uplifting tale of a last place team working their way to the top with some divine intervention. The rest of us will enjoy a very fun movie that is solid family viewing.
The DVD just barely makes it to first base. The good: the film is presented in widescreen and 5.1 Dolby Digital. The bad: the transfer is a direct port of the laserdisc, not enhanced for 16x9 televisions, and not as sharp or clear as you'd hope. Worst of all, after waiting for several years for the film to come to DVD - there's not a single extra feature. Not even the memorable theatrical trailer. More effort should have gone into the DVD presentation for this wonderful family film.
Nonetheless, it's appropriately low-priced, and the movie is a home run. Highly recommended.
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on March 15, 2001
This movie is not funny (unless you like to watch people to fall down), it's not charming, it's not warm, it's not good. Like most movies of their genre, the acting is very second rate. I could only see liking for nostalgic reasons. The same recycled plot really doesn't capture anything here. The Disney machine cranks out another loser.
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on July 23, 2003
I have heard many people say that this version of "Angels in the Outfield" is vastly inferior to the original 1954 movie. Well, if that's the case, the original must have been pretty darn spectacular, because this movie is very well-done. Roger and J.P. are foster children living under the temporary care of a kind woman named Maggie. Roger is the main character. His mother is dead, and his troubled father rarely visits, even when he promises to. One day, however, his father jokingly says that they have as much chance of being a family again as the last-place California Angels (now the Anaheim Angels) have to win the pennant. Roger takes this statement at face value and prays for heavenly help, which soon arrives in the form of angels who actually come onto the playing field to assist the team. This begins a wonderful summer in which the players, along with their disgruntled manager, start to believe in themselves and find the value of teamwork and courage. Although this is a good film for the entire family (only some very mild profanity and the awkward parent scenes are carried out appropriately), there are several issues that will not be missed by knowledgable (older) viewers. For example, the potential for racial trouble involving the manager and the two boys at the end of the film (I don't want to give it away!) is completely skipped over, although it is a very likely scenario. Although, it is a Disney movie, so everything is supposed to be too good to be true! Overall, "Angels in the Outfield" is an emotional, although sometimes unbelievable, story with a good message.
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on June 28, 2004
While it's true that this movie has a high quantity of cheeziness, in this case it works. This movie reminds you that all things happen for a reason, even if you can't see it right away, it shows the value of beleiving, and it restores your faith in people.
The cast is very well chosen. All of the characters are well established, with very definite personalities, and all of the actors step up and fill their shoes nicely. Your heart will be touched a thousand times over during the course of this movie. You'll laugh, and you'll cry, and when the movie's over you'll feel like maybe the world is a little bit better place.
The film is greatly suited for children, as it doesn't involve the sort of foul humour that so many movies do now. It's just good old fashioned fun, as any baseball movie should be. There IS a heavy dose of morals in the mix. Beyond the over-all theme of believing in yourself, and having faith that God has a greater plan, the film also touches on the dangers of smoking, and how unnecessary profanity is.
Many scenes in this movie are truly beautiful and inspiring. Everytime the crowd stands up to flap their arms in support of Mel Clark (Tony Danza) I can't help but shed a tear, and when Roger's prayers are answered and he gets a family my heart melts all over again.
This movie is truly among the most uplifting of children's movies.
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on May 16, 2002
Here is yet another DVD from Disney which has yet to take advantage of the wonders of this media format. They have taken a movie which I loved on VHS placed it on DVD widescreen anamorphic in menus ONLY! THE MOVIE IS IN LETTERBOX..The colors and picture quality are not bad, but why not just do it right the first time.
They just don't get it.
Alan Miller
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on September 18, 2001
I enjoyed this movie, but I have to say that I still prefer the original. Although you didn't get the special effects in the original, the story and acting were much better and you didn't have the cheesy arm flapping scenes.
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on October 17, 2002
This is a really fun Disney family film. It is about as good of a film as it can be without living up to the original 'Angels in the Outfield.'
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on January 8, 2014
Loved it and a great film that I have always enjoyed.Since I was a child actually.My dad loved it too.
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on February 2, 2004
I love this movie is definatly my favourite my friend and I have watched it over 30 times, it never gets old! we've memorized it! A great movie for all ages you have to check it out!
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