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Home Run Hits the Entertainment Bases

Posted: 04/23/2013 3:32 pm

Home Run is a movie you will have to seek out if you want to see it. It is only playing on a limited number of screens and most of those are in the south. Still it is a movie worth seeing and worth your efforts to find it. It is from the same studio that brought you Courageous and Fireproof.

Home Run tells the story of a major league baseball player named Cory (Scott Elrod). He is a man who suffered emotional and possible physical abuse from his alcoholic father when he was a child. Now he is an adult and is exhibiting the same weaknesses his father had -- a fiery temper and a thirst for alcohol. His brother Clay (James Devoti), who is the District Attorney in their hometown, also worries about him.

One day Cory has a meltdown at a game and is ejected. Later this is turned into a suspension and a requirement to get treatment in a twelve step program. He also is required to do community service by coaching a little league team. Cory rejects these ideas but is forced to comply. The rest of the film deals with his redemption and recovery.

Scott Elrod is very good in the role of Cory. He appears to be an actor who could become a major star if the right role came long. He is able to convey Cory's recovery without making it preachy or unbelievable. If enough people see this film Elrod could move on up the Hollywood ladder.

Most of the cast are unknowns except for Vivica A. Fox, who has a great time playing Cory's agent/publicist. She adds fun to the film by being completely feisty and enjoyable. Each time she appears on screen she lights up the scene.

The movie is rated PG-13 for mild violence and adult themes.

Home Run has a faith-based message, but this is just part of the 12-step program in which Cory is involved. It does permeate the story but never overpowers it. Cory deals with a lot of issues before he can move on to the road towards recovery.

This is the kind of movie that is uplifting and entertaining. With its baseball background and its family sensibilities it will appeal to a variety of audiences. Home Run doesn't knock it out of the park but it does touch a lot of entertainment bases.

I scored Home Run a recovered 7 out of 10.

 
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