Home Run

 
Athlete learns what's important in alcoholism drama.
  • Review Date: April 18, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 113 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

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.
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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 19, 2013
DVD release date:October 8, 2013
Cast:Charles Henry Wyson, Dorian Brown, Scott Elrod
Director:David Boyd
Studio:Provident Films
Genre:Drama
Topics:Great boy role models
Run time:113 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some mature thematic material

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Parent Written bynormarcia April 23, 2013
age 13+
 

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 answer that. Must see with an explanation about hurts, habits and hangups, if necessary, for you and your kids so you can talk about those issues as they happen in todays fast, free-spirited world. There is hope in the Lord by believing change can happen !
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bySpidermanFan1993 December 7, 2013
age 10+
 

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 need to turn it over to Jesus Christ and let God deliver us from our addictions. For a PG-13 movie this is an extremely clean movie compared to what Hollywood is putting out now. There is a lot of alcohol consumption as well as seen the person get drunk on several occasions. There is a scene at the beginning of the movie when the main characters dad is abusing him, not physically, but mentally. There are references to other addictions such as sexual addictions, abuse, and drug addictions. There is some violence in this movie such as seen the main character throw a temper tantrum when he did not like the umpires call, seeing a kid get accidentally hit, seeing the main character get mad at another little league baseball coach and punching him in the face, as well as see the main character get mad and start to punch and throw stuff. There is also a scene when the main character is drunk while he is driving and eventually gets into a car accident. After the car accident the movie goes to a scene which takes place in a hospital and you get how badly injured the main characters brother is. The only reason this movie is PG-13 is due to the subject matter that the film deals with. Overall, this is a great movie that an entire family should watch. However, some parents might feel like the subject mature is too mature for thier children.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byeazy__breezy July 28, 2014
age 10+
 

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 a very violent film, but a kid does get emotionally abused and you see flashbacks of it happening. A man gets into a car wreck and his brother gets injured ad the same man accidently gives a kid a bloody nose and punches another man in the face after being insulted. A man is shown drinking in several scenes and he says his father was a drinker. For sexual stuff, a woman talks about being sexually abused by her father and another man talks about how he got addicted to pornography. Overall a good tween and up film, so 11+
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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