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A League of Their Own

comedy, drama, sports

Tom Hanks and Geena Davis star in this big-league comedy based on the real-life exploits of the All-American Girls Baseball League.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 10
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
1 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Few of the other performers make an impression. A director who can lose Madonna in a crowd can't be said to appreciate charisma.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fresh: the film combines humor, historical trivia, and the thrill of baseball to create a fully entertaining, fictional tale

- Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The idea of Penny Marshall's sentimental comedy--an all-American Girls Professional Baseball League in WWII--is so good that you wonder why no one has thought about it before; in the lead, Geena Davis is charming, and so is Tom Hanks.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

For the longest time, I plead ignorance and never realized that this was based on a true story. It takes liberties with the story, but it hits all the major notes and gets it mostly right. This is an inspiring and heartwarming tale of the first major lbseball league for women, set during World war II when women were needed to fill the vacant spots left by the men who went overseas to fight the war. The cast is good. This is back when Rosie O'Donnell still appeared to have talent and actually be pretty attractive (yes, I just said that). Madonna is also great as the bozy partner in crime who pals around with O'Donnell. Geena Davis is terrific as the smart and sassy catcher, and Lori Petty is not bad as her jealous younger sister. I'm hoping that her annoyingness is part of the character, and not how she is in general. John Lovitz is good as the sleazy and obnoxious talent scout, but, for me, the real scene stealer is Tom Hanks. He's an asshole in this, but he's also stll likeable and enjoyable to watch. I wish he would go back to making movies like this, and playing these types of characters. This is fun and etertaining, and males you feel good afterwards. Don't hesitate to see it.

- cosmo313, Sunday, August 15, 2010

3 stars

Not at all a well-made film in the traditional sense, but it still passes with me thanks to my weak-spot of sentimentality in films.

- rjayhutchinson, Friday, July 30, 2010

2 stars

Sentimental rubbish but altogether not too bad! Geena Davis in Baseball get up is quite easy on the eye ;o)

- SirPant, Friday, September 25, 2009