I was a pre-teen 20 years ago, getting ready to turn 13 in September of '94. 1994, for some odd reason looking back, was one of my most favorite years in pop culture. Music and movies, so many great ones came out. A movie that well-suited people my age back then was Angels In The Outfield.
It's about two boys, Roger and J.P. (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Milton Davis Jr.), who see angels in action helping the hopeless California Angels MLB team. Roger prayed to help the team in order to get with his widowed father, who he saw on a limited basis. 'When the Angels win the pennant' was a reply from Roger's dad when his son asked when they'll spend more time together and be a family again. While the Angels continue to freakishly improve, the boys develop a relationship with the team's manager, George Knox (Danny Glover), who comes off as a grump at first but we eventually see the soft side of him.
It's a great summer baseball movie for kids, all the way. But it's also a lesson to be learned about the importance of family. Some know parents can be anti-family, and some are willing to give up their time for people. This is something that should be discussed with kids for those who don't get it.
Great performances by Christopher Lloyd (as AL the angel), and a minor role is made by Tony Danza (who plays a sad, drunken player who is on the highway to nowhere). Plenty of kudos goes to Danny Glover, who has been known to playing roles that depict him as the bad guy! While I think this is one of the most underrated movies of 1994, I was really hoping people in my generation would carry on with this movie like they do with Forrest Gump. But, I guess it is what it is.
This is a Disney remake.
My rating: 7 out of 10