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Director William Dear's 1994 hit Angels In The Outfield is a fun little piece of entertainment for kids, but when you think about it as an adult, you begin to ask some serious questions about just what the hell is going on in the world the story inhabits. Now all of those big questions have been answered in hilarious fashion thanks to a new spoof of ESPN's 30-For-30 series:
College Humor released this new video, and you really have to give them a lot of credit for going as far as they did detail wise. Not only does this video feature real baseball players and reporters (including former center fielder Doug Glanville and Baseball Tonight's Tim Kirkjian), but even a few actors from the film. Neal McDonough does an amazing job reprising his role as pitcher/idiot Whitt Bass, and we even get to see what little J.P. (a.k.a. actor Milton Davis Jr.) grew up to look like:
Having not thought about Angels In The Outfield for years before writing this article, it stuns me what an amazing cast the film has in retrospect. As we see in the video, this is a movie that includes the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Neal McDonough, Matthew McConaughey, Adrien Brody, Danny Glover, and Tony Danza - and while he's not in the video (what with being an angel and all), there's a bonus Christopher Lloyd in there as well.
There are a lot of things to appreciate about this parody, but my personal favorite is just the way that it includes all of the other ridiculous kid-centric sports movies that were released back in the 1990s (when the movie-going public clearly had a taste for that kind of thing). It's true that the events portrayed in Angels In The Outfield don't necessarily look quite as ridiculous when you consider that dogs were being allowed to play basketball; hockey players were hitting 400-yard holes-in-one on the professional golf circuit; and Michael Jordan was playing alternate-dimensional basketball with cartoon characters and Bill Murray.
After watching this video and enjoying it heartily, there is now one thing that I'm hoping the internet soon finds a way to make: a version of Angels In The Outfield that has all of the angels completely cut out of the action, allowing us to understand the movie's perspective from characters not named Roger Bomman. I imagine could be quite entertaining.