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Home Run (2013)

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Baseball all-star Cory Brand knows what it takes to win in the big leagues. But off the field, with memories of his past haunting him, his life is spiraling out of control. Hoping to save her client's career and reputation after a DUI and a team suspension, Cory's agent sends him back to the small town where he grew up. Forced to coach the local youth baseball team andspend eight weeks in the only recovery program in town, Cory can't wait to return to his old life as quickly as possible. As his

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Brian Brightly, Candace Lee, Eric Newman, Melanie Wistar

Oct 8, 2013

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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.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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 ...

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Almost from the beginning the message overwhelms the medium.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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As Christian-themed movies go, this one may not be an over-the-fence hit, but decent enough acting almost compensates for a clichéd plot that's intended as a too-obvious illustration/inspiration.

October 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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This slightly better-than-average family film is all paint-by-numbers.

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An inspirational and entertaining movie about a baseball player's road to recovery from addiction.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
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Athlete learns what's important in alcoholism drama.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Baseball, little kids and religion could be a queasy formula for the movie blues but, happily, this one slides down pretty easily.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It delivers its message of hope and healing in a manner that is honest, entertaining and authentic, in a film that can reach audiences both religious and secular.

April 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Tulsa World
Tulsa World

Boilerplate rise-fall-redemption stuff that works more when it's trying to do less.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Well-cast but thinly scripted faith-based dramedy about baseball, booze and redemption

April 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
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Audience Reviews for Home Run

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.
May 20, 2013
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