Plot: Eddie (Patrick Warburton) is still kicking around the major leagues, but his star has lost of its shine in recent seasons. The once top prospect has cooled down, now seen as a washed up pitcher by the media, the fans, and even some of his teammates. He soon has more off the field distractions, as his ex-wife is moving and Eddie is about to take custody of his daughter, Laurel (Brittany Irvin). Of course, he is poorly equipped to be a dad and struggles with even the most basic of tasks, while Laurel hopes her father will turn things around soon. In fact, she prays for some divine intervention and an angel listens, with Bob (David Alan Grier) flying down to prove himself up above. But Bob isn’t the most powerful angel and as such, his skills are rusty and while he tries to help Eddie, it doesn’t always go as planned. Can Bob help Eddie find some success and will Laurel get the family life she wants so badly?
Entertainment Value: This hokey sequel was released as part of the 90s-00s version of The Wonderful World of Disney and while it isn’t that memorable, it is a passable, family friendly comedic movie. I wasn’t a big fan of the remake of Angels in the Outfield to start with, so my expectations were low on this sequel and it was about what I thought, light and forgettable. The narrative is right in line with the original, but it is interesting to have a clumsy angel I suppose, so at least that little twist helps pump some fresh blood into the concept. I also think Patrick Warburton helps the movie rise above the mediocre elements involved, as he puts on his usual solid, humorous turn. There’s not a lot to make Angels in the Infield fresh otherwise, but I doubt that’s an issue for most, since this genre is typically cinematic comfort food. At the same time, the humor here is wildly uneven and leaves a lot to be desired. Some scenes have some good laughs, but overall the movie feels flat and has more misses than hits. But if you just want a light, sports themed comedy that is safe for the whole family, you could probably do worse than Angels in the Infield.
The cast doesn’t have the star power of the Angels in the Outfield remake, but there’s still some familiar faces on deck. As I mentioned before, I think Patrick Warburton was a good choice for the lead and he is fun to watch here. He is able to deliver that blend of likable and jerk, which he has mastered over his career. So he is likable here, but you also don’t mind if he takes a few lumps, especially toward the film’s start. Warburton plays up the material and that lets some generic jokes have a little more punch, which this script sorely needed. So his performance is likely the best part of the movie, even if it isn’t enough to overcome the mediocre material. David Alan Grier is fine as well, in a slapstick, over the top effort, but the script doesn’t give him much of a chance, so most of his jokes fizzle out. The cast also includes Beau Starr, Jeanette Roxborough, Kurt Fuller, and Colin Fox.
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