Home Run Showdown (2012)

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Two little league teams take on their coaches sibling rivalry, and end up doing battle in a place the baseball world never expected it: in the outfield of the Home Run Derby. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
G
Genre:
Kids & Family
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$8,824.00
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Cast

Matthew Lillard
as Joey DeLuca
Annabeth Gish
as Michelle Hauck
Barry Bostwick
as "Big Al"
Dean Cain
as Rico De Luca
Wayne Duvall
as Commissioner Simpson
Mike Evans
as Admiral
Jesse Harper
as Sal Moore
Mark Robert Ellis
as Umpire #1
Kyle Kirk
as Lorenzo "Lori" Moore
Brandon Balog
as Eugene "Tanker" Hauck
Emma-Lee Hess
as Phyllis "Fassi" Bloom
Stephanie Koenig
as Aunt Janey Moore
Carlos Faison
as Coach Jeff
Jordan March
as Bobby DeLuca
Dmitri Young
as Tank Turpino
Molly Gundry
as Osprey's 2nd Baseman
Cristina V. Sasso
as Coach Joules
Conner Wise
as Carter Ford
Kaleigh Ryan
as Felicia Lee
Vic Faust
as Reporter Channel 7
Dave Marcon
as Umpire #2
Darren Daulton
as Harrington
Harold Martin
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Home Run Showdown

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

A pleasant if somewhat by-the-numbers family film that lacks any real crack-of-the-bat energy.

Full Review… | August 29, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An 8-year-old brain will probably think it's fine. All other brains, pass.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

Mostly family-friendly sports flick dabbles in stereotypes.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Home Run Showdown

It follows the standard sports drama formula and uses all the cliches, but I didn't mind it. The main kid was kind of obnoxious. Otherwise, it was decent for a low budget direct-to-video movie. (First and only viewing - 7/10/2015)

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Adam R
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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.

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