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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

  • Critic Score
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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

3 stars

You know you're watching something special when even Madonna does a good acting job. A highly enjoyable drama-comedy, that not only strikes a blow for gender equality and women in sports, but is also incredibly funny. I've never had much interest in baseball (watching it that is, because I do love playing it) and yet this movie had me very entertained. And if that doesn't say something about how fun it is, I don't know what will.

- CloudStrife84, Tuesday, October 9, 2012

4 stars

Wow probably the longest urinating scene in movie history from Tom Hanks which is just funny! :) I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, its a unique and funny, sweet comedy that i enjoyed greatly! A great cast and well acted! Im not a huge fan of sprt related movies but this is clearly in 'a league of its own!' A Remarkably entertaining movie to enjoy !

- FiLmCrAzY, Monday, April 2, 2012

5 stars

There's no crying in baseball! Saw it again! What a masterpiece! Probably Penny Marshall's best film ever. Amazing story, terrific acting, great music, and superb cinematography. Indeed one of my favorite sports films ever. This movie brings me so much memories of my childhood, it feels so damn good to see this film, I will never grow tired of it. I can truly watch this movie over and over again and still be inspired by it. I think it shows just what women are capable of. It will make u cry and the best part is that there are some true facts. There's romance, fighting, comedy, and some dancing. I mean it has everything a movie needs to be enjoyable. Believe me it wont be a waste of time. You can watch this movie with family and friends. If u haven't seen it i strongly recommend it. In a small town in Oregon, farm girls Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) are sisters who compete with each other, even over the little things. Older, prettier, more settled and married Dottie is the catcher for the local softball team sponsored by Lukash Dairy. Kit is her younger sister, and pitcher on the same team, who feels that she can't measure up to Dottie in her own eyes, or in the eyes of others. With so many young men overseas fighting the Axis, there is a danger that professional baseball will be shut down for the duration of the war. A well-known candy manufacturer, Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall), contrives the idea to create a professional baseball league for women; both the keep the sport alive and to make a buck or two. Dottie is recruited by a scout (John Lovitz) for this new league but refuses to go unless her sister is allowed on the team. On the way to Chicago they also intervene to get an outstanding batter, Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanaugh) a try-out as well. Once in Chicago, they are introduced to the other girls who will be on one of the four teams: May and Doris (Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell) are close friends from New York; Shirley Baker (Anne Cusack) is an illiterate farm-girl. These women, along with their team-mates, begin a journey that opens up a whole new world, far beyond that of the baseball diamond, lead by team manager, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), a washed-up star ruined by alcohol and angered and embarrassed to be the coach of a girl's team.

- MANUGINO, Thursday, August 4, 2011