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Home Run

  • Rated PG13

independent, special interest

After getting a DUI, an ex-ballplayer must coach a little league team.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
2 out of 5

Athlete learns what's important in alcoholism drama.

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.

what 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 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 3
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Almost from the beginning the message overwhelms the medium.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, April 18, 2013

Fresh: The strongest scenes take place in dingy hotel rooms, on a deserted farm or in the rehab sessions. It's during these moments that "Home Run" swings for the fences, and often connects.

- Sean O'Connell, Washington Post, Friday, April 19, 2013

Rotten: It's preaching the gospel of a 12-step recovery program with a heavy helping of Jesus for guidance. And the corn can get pretty high ...

- Tom Long, Detroit News, Friday, April 19, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Leastbound and down, Home Run is a presumptuous title for a sports movie that swings a lot but ultimately chooses to walk the road often traveled. Though this Field of Pipe Dreams recycles an oft-told tale of failure and redemption amid the sporting life, it's not completely For the Flub of the Game. The few plot points not drudged up from movies-of-the-week prove engaging enough to at least encourage moviegoers to round the bases. It would've been more of a hit, however, if it debuted on the Hallmark Channel between a Tiffani-Amber Thiessen bulimia flick and Joey Lawrence date rape movie where it belongs. But here we are, watching an alcoholic big league ball player work out his daddy issues in his hometown where his old flame lives...on the big screen. Hell, Scranton's own E.J. Dougher did more justice to this story when it was called The Marksman! In this PG-13-rated sports drama, a pro baseball All Star facing a DUI and league suspension (Elrod) is forced into rehab where he grew up, getting honest about his checkered past and taking on coaching duties for a misfit Little League team. It's not as if the director and cast don't possess The Natural quality. All involved perform their best at Stealing Home and that's no Bull Durham. Still, every moviegoer knows the Angle in the Outfield here. Hell, when parodied in the hilarious HBO comedy Eastbound and Down, it sadly rings truer. Getting literally preached at from the pulpit, however, never feels like a great night at the movies. Bottom line: Swing and a Diss.

- jeffboam, Monday, May 20, 2013

3 stars

This wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. False happiness, inner turmoil, conflict, downward spiral, rock bottom, find God, get better, real happiness, blah blah. Ehh, even if you ignore all the religious trash, and the anti-drug crap, and the anti-porn preaching, it's still fairly lame, but it's baseball. I like baseball. Extra half star for baseball.

- fb712816713, Monday, January 6, 2014