The Bad News Bears

1976 PG 1h 41m DVD

The Bad News Bears

1976 PG 1h 41m DVD
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Walter Matthau stars as the grumbling, beer-guzzling Morris Buttermaker, a former minor-league pitcher roped into coaching a crass bunch of perpetually losing half-pint misfits. Desperate to win, Coach Morris brings in two ringers.
Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten, Ben Piazza, Jackie Earle Haley, Alfred Lutter, Chris Barnes, Erin Blunt, Jaime Escobedo, Scott Firestone, George Gonzales, Brett Marx
Michael Ritchie
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Bad News Bears is a rough-edged kids' baseball comedy with some profanity and really iffy behavior (kids smoke, gamble, and ride motorcycles). During the end celebration, the coach gives beer to the 11-year-olds. One character is an alcoholic. The parents push their kids to win at all costs, and the kids are often bratty and mean.

Sexual Content

Female maturation comes up.


Children frequently scuffle. Father slaps son. Coach throws things at his players (including a can of beer).


No f-word, but almost everything else. Adults and children use extensive profanity --- true to life but potentially offensive. One boy spouts racial epithets (though he isn't really a racist).

Social Behavior

Lots of bad behavior all around.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The star 11-year-old player smokes. During the end celebration, the coach gives beer to the 11-year-olds.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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