Home Run Showdown Reviews

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LWOODS04
Super Reviewer
½ April 7, 2013
review soon...
½ September 19, 2012
Home Run Showdown is a "hit" for families. But it is in itself not a home run. One part Bad News Bears (the 1976 original, not the most recent remake), one part Mighty Ducks, and one part Little Giants (just on a baseball field), this story mixes the standard underdog sports story with the family split plotline that's seen in Little Giants(1994). On the surface, the comparisons to The Bad News Bears (1976) are far too obvious. Just as in that original baseball flick, a young ragtag group of baseball players is led by a washed up ex-minor leaguer to great heights. Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo 2) fills the shoes of the late great Walter Matthau this time out.

The Bad News Bears isn't the only movie from which this movie very liberally lifts. Just as Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill went toe to toe in the pee-wee football movie, Little Giants (1994), so do Lillard and co-star Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman) here. To their credit, the feud between Joey and Rico is very believable. The sibling rivalry between these brothers is very real. There are so many families out there today who still suffer great rifts because of something that happened many years ago. And as angry as Joey gets at Rico at some points, some older audiences may just be waiting for Joey to punch out Rico.

Audiences will love to hate Rico. And that audiences will so love to hate him shows that Cain did his job. At the same time, watching Joey (Lillard) grow from not caring what he was doing to really caring about the whole team will make older audiences cheer for him that much more. At the same time, his lack of drive early on will make audiences want to hit him on the head and tell him to get up just as much as the kids on his team wanted. Just as Rico made audiences hate him, Lillard's ability to garner an emotional response from viewers means that he did his job, too. In the same vein, Barry Bostwick (Spin City) is just as believable as the brothers' frustrated father.

Lillard, Cain, and Bostwick did a wonderful job in this movie. The trio carried it on its own. But they weren't the only cast to make the movie worth a watch. Supporting actor Wayne Duvall was just as despicable as Commissioner Simpson. In Simpson, audiences see a man who was stuck in his old ways, doing everything he could to keep a girl off of a baseball team, and basically keep the Cubs down for his own personal biases. While he wasn't a major player in the cast, Duvall's portrayal of Simpson added that much more enjoyment to the story, as there are sadly still people like Simpson out there, too.
Home Run Showdown may not be the most original sports movie ever written. But it does boast a cast that makes for a lot of heart. It makes for enough heart that it's worth at least one watch. Home Run Showdown is available in stores and online now on DVD and blu-ray.
November 10, 2012
Thought this was a family movie. Lots of cursing by all. Bad flow but descent acting
½ July 28, 2012
I had the privilege to go see this movie in Southfield MI.
First off, I gotta say Home Run Showdown was pretty darned entertaining.
There were several plots within the movie. The main plot is centered around a boy, Lori (Kyle Kirk), who wants nothing more than to impress his father by making it to the Home Run Showdown so his dad can see him play baseball on tv. But Lori‚(TM)s father is in prison for protecting the names of illegal immigrants. As the story progresses, Lori is cut from the favored team to make it to the Home Run Showdown, the Red Sox. As a result, Lori resorts to assembling his own team of talentless misfits called the Cubs who later affectionately name their team the (S)Crubs. Another sub plot of the movie is about a competitive athletic girl, Fassi (Emma-Lee Hess) who doesn‚(TM)t want to play girls softball, but instead wants to play baseball on a boys team. Then there is a long heated sibling rivalry between two brothers, Joey Deluca (Matthew Lilliard) and Rico (Dean Cain) who coaches the Red Sox. Lori and Fassi recruit Joey to be the coach of the (S)Crubs and the storyline thickens.
Ultimately the brothers Rico and Joey collide as the (S)Crubs and Red Sox meet on the field to play for the privilege to go to the Home Run Showdown. The competition heats up even more when their father (Barry Bostwick) stokes the flames of the family rivalry by granting the winning brother who‚(TM)s team wins the Home Run Showdown, ownership of the family bar.
Because of the added subplots, the movie never lagged for a moment. I was totally entertained from start to finish. After falling asleep once last week during ‚~Rise of the Dark Night‚(TM) Home Run Showdown was both funny and refreshing.
Additionally, the acting was great. Dean Cain and Matthew Lilliard lead the way with one of their finer performances each. Other notable stars were Annabeth Gish, Wayne Duvall and Barry Bostwick. The kid actors were great, right down to the extra‚(TM)s. It was evident that the kid actors in this movie can play baseball with the best of them.
If I had one complaint, I have to wonder why only a select few kids on the (S)Crubs team never spoke. This was the sole reason why I didn‚(TM)t give the film a top rating. There was one scene in the movie where Joey (Matthew Lilliard) turns over the coaching duties to one of the players on the team. The kid who obviously had no speaking role in the film really did the best he could by communicating with body gestures. But it really made for an awkward point in the movie. I have to say that I just can‚(TM)t imagine watching other predominant baseball movies like say, The Bad News Bears where only 1/3 of the main team‚(TM)s characters spoke. Don‚(TM)t let this one flaw of the movie stop you from seeing Home Run Showdown‚¶ it‚(TM)s a hoot and is one of the best little league baseball movies to date‚¶!
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