Original: Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Director: William Dear
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Danny Glover, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Ben Johnson, Jay O. Sanders, Taylor Negron, Neal McDonough, Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey, Dermot Mulroney, Milton Davis Jr.
Sometimes, it’s OK to flip a film’s critical consensus the middle-finger bird—as long as a movie is enjoyable, who cares if it’s technically a display of creative mediocrity?
Which is precisely how we feel about the cutesy 1994 kids flick Angels in the Outfield, the whimsical story of a down-and-out youngster (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in his earliest professional days) using his ability to see actual angels to help his beloved California Angels baseball team win some game.
The overriding themes of death and orphan-felt plights aren’t exactly uplifting, but, in the end, Angels in the Outfield hits the proper sentimental notes to give any sports-loving kid a reason to smile.