Home Run

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Athlete learns what's important in alcoholism drama.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Fighting alcohol addiction is difficult, but it can be done, and Cory shows that giving up liquor can make him into a much better person.

Positive role models & representations

Cory starts out as a selfish, spoiled alcoholic, but he eventually comes to recognize how his drinking has affected him and the people around him. He realizes he can change -- and wants to change.

Violence

Cory is prone to bouts of rage. He hits another man during an argument and sometimes hits furniture and throws household objects. A woman talks about being a survivor of sexual abuse.

Sex

Two characters flirt and hint at a shared romantic past.

Language

Infrequent, tame insult/potty language, including "butt," "fart" and "that sucks."

Consumerism

A baseball player mentions Nike shoes and enjoys driving a Corvette.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

The film focuses on the effects of alcoholism, and the main character drinks heavily and often. He drives drunk, gets angry, hits people, and causes lots of trouble while intoxicated. He later realizes the error of his ways.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Home Run examines the impact of alcohol addiction. It follows a selfish pro baseball player who's forced to coach a Little League team, only to discover that the simple things in life -- including family and faith -- can offer more than what he finds in a bottle. Most of the movie's content is quite mild, but the focus on drinking -- including scenes that show how drinking too much can destroy lives and lead to anger and some violence (hitting, etc.) -- makes the movie best suited for teens and up. Also, one character talks about being a survivor of sexual abuse.

User Reviews

Adult Written bySpidermanFan1993 December 7, 2013

This one hits it out of the park!!!!

This is one of the best Christian movies I have ever seen. This movie has a really positive message. That message being that in order to overcome addictions we... Continue reading
Adult Written bynormarcia April 23, 2013

Great movie to see…. keep your eye on the box!

Reality based, This sort of hurt and pain is happening all around us in one form or another. Maybe not the same addiction issue, but only you, personally can an... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy July 28, 2014

Teaches some good lessons, but deals with strong themes

Home run is a film about a Major League Baseball player who struggles with alcoholism and who's career is on the line because of his bad actions. It is not... Continue reading

What's the story?

In HOME RUN, Cory (Scott Elrod) is a pro baseball player with a raging drinking problem. After a drunk-driving accident that leaves his brother injured, Cory is forced to take over coaching his sibling's Little League team. Cory also reconnects with the son he abandoned as a baby and slowly starts to realize the toll that his drinking has taken on him, on his career, and on the people around him.
 

Is it any good?

Home Run is a worthy entry in the often-predictable -- but still moving -- category of addiction/recovery films. Cory starts out as a selfish drunk who soothes his pain with liquor and doesn't care about other people. He doesn't want to coach kids, and he doesn't want to go to a 12-step program, but it's that or lose his job as pro baseball player. When he's forced to connect to real people, including the son he barely knows and the old girlfriend he left behind, Cory slowly begins to learn about his addiction.

It's not really a spoiler to say that there's a happy ending with a now-sober Cory embracing a new life. But getting there is a mostly satisfying experience. The film is well-paced, with solid acting and not too much preachiness (a common experience in recovery movies). And it doesn't make it seem like getting clean is easy or without barriers. Home Run isn't a surprising film, but it is enjoyable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Home Run portrays drinking/alcoholism. Do you think it's realistic? Can you think of other movies/TV shows that have dealt with this topic? How is this one similar/different?

  • What do you think about the choices Cory makes, including abandoning a child and choosing alcohol over other important things? How do these choices affect his life? How did his own childhood affect him?

  • What role does faith play in the movie? How does that impact its messages and audience?

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