Reviewer: Scott Rolfe Source:
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Brian Brightly, Candace Lee, Eric Newman, Melanie Wistar
Tom Newman, Carol Spann Matthews
Scott Elrod, Dorian Brown, Charles Henry Wyson, James Devoti, Nicole Leigh, Drew Waters, Robert Peters, Vivica A. Fox, Elvin John Rosa Jr., Samantha Isler, Ty Fanning
Synopsis: Limited Theatrical Release - Baseball star Cory Brand knows how to win. But off the field, he’s spiraling out of control. Haunted by old wounds and regrets, his future seems as hopeless as his past.
Until one moment—one mistake—changes everything. To save his career, Cory must go back to the town where it all began. His plan is simple: coach the local Little League team, complete a recovery program, and get out as fast as possible. Instead, he runs headfirst into memories he can’t escape ... and the love he left behind.
Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation and redemption. And along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: no one is beyond the healing of God.
Many people know of someone who has an addiction problem. In "Home Run", the central character is a professional baseball player named "Cory" who is out of control and gets suspended from his team for his drunken antics. As a condition of the legal trouble he is facing due to his actions he must attend a 12-step program. At the suggestion of his agent he returns to the small town he grew up in and attends a Celebrate Recovery group that meets at the local church. While there he reconnects with his old girlfriend and spends time with her coaching the local little league team.
"Home Run" is a rare film that brings the audience along with Cory as he discovers that God is the only answer to his addiction. Until he surrenders his life and desires to Jesus, he can't get better. There are many issues discussed in the film but the filmmakers handle the sensitive topics effectively without being graphic or vulgar. This film will touch everyone who sees it and may have a life-changing effect on those struggling with addictions in their own lives. We are pleased to award this moving and thought-provoking film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages 12 and over due to the mature subject matter.
Content Description: Sex: Man talks about his addiction to pornography in recovery meeting but doesn't give details; woman says she was abused sexually and as a result she cannot have children. Language: Sissy-1; Crap-1; Geez-2; Dang-1; Butt-1; Suck-1; Fart-2 Violence: Boy receives a bloody nose when he is accidentally elbowed by a man; car crash resulting in injury but not seen on-screen; boy throws cooler in frustration at baseball game; man punches another man. Drugs: Man drinks beer and chews tobacco; man pours liquor into a cup to hide it-twice; man drinks liquor in the morning and several other inappropriate times indicating that he is an alcoholic; man drives while drunk. Nudity: Cleavage; man shirtless after a shower. Other: Man vomits - not graphic; man must attend a 12-step program as part of his probation; various addictions of all sorts are mentioned but no details are given; the issue of adoption is discussed.