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A League of Their Own Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

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  • 50

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    Penny Marshall’s gangly fourth film benefits from a fresh, unusual subject, the joy of baseball being played by women having the time of their lives and a wonderful central performance by Geena Davis. Downside includes contrived plotting, obvious comedy and heart-tugging, some hammy thesping and a general hokiness.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Penny Marshall, the sitcom actress ("Laverne and Shirley") turned filmmaker ("Big," "Awakenings"), manages to make even such elementary material seem labored and phony. The film, which was shot in and around Chicago last summer, is a major disappointment.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    From its jokey, one-note characters to its endless baseball montages, A League of Their Own is all flash, all surface.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Though amusing enough to avoid absolutely drowning in schmaltz, it's sad to see a film with potential lose its way in the late innings.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Time Richard Schickel

    If the people responsible for A League of Their Own had tried just a little harder to avoid easy laughs and easy sentiment, they might have made something like a great movie. As it is, they have made a good movie, amiable and ingratiating.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    However flawed, this film proves two things: Davis is still peaking as a lead, and Hanks is in a league with funny male leads of any movie era. [1 July 1992, p.1D]

  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie has a real bittersweet charm. The baseball sequences, we've seen before. What's fresh are the personalities of the players, the gradual unfolding of their coach and the way this early chapter of women's liberation fit into the hidebound traditions of professional baseball.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Though big of budget, A League of Their Own is one of the year's most cheerful, most relaxed, most easily enjoyable comedies. It's a serious film that's lighter than air, a very funny movie that manages to score a few points for feminism in passing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Terrific tweens-and-up story of women's baseball.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some indirect sex talk and mild profanity make the movie somewhat questionable for younger kids, but tweens will like the spirit of camaraderie and the well-shot baseball games. The players model impressive team spirit while the movie tells the little-known true tale of women's wartime baseball.

  • Families can talk about women's role (or lack thereof) in most professional sports. Do you think women could compete equally on men's teams? Why or why not?
  • In order to keep the game popular with fans, the players flaunted their femininity. Do you think this was all in good fun, a sign of the times, or somewhat demeaning to great athletes? 

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The league isn't integrated, and in one scene we see that there are women of color who would have been excellent ball players. A few sex-related jokes.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: The war's effect on the home front leads to some tense moments.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Men admire the girls in their skimpy uniforms. "All the Way Mae" pursues dates and exploits her feminine charms.

  • language false3

    Language: Jimmy Dugan can be crass. All typical swear words minus the "f" word, but not used liberally. Some taunts with body parts mentioned.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Jimmy Dugan is frequently drunk in the movie's beginning.