New York Times - 08/20/1977
"...There is apparently no stopping, or even slowing down, that team of pint-sized California baseball players....As American as Budweiser beer..."
Scripted by Paul Brickman (RISKY BUSINESS), this sequel to Michael Ritchie's 1976 hit begins with the Bears reigning supreme as the little league champions of California. Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley, BREAKING AWAY), the Bears' star player, travels with the team to the Houston Astrodome along with his estranged father (William Devane), who is now the team's coach. There, they must play a between-inning game against the local champs, the Houston Toros, for the chance to go to Japan and play the best that the East has to offer. The Bears returned to the screen once more in THE BAD NEWS BEARS GO TO JAPAN.