Home Run Movie Reviews
User reviews on Home Run
Somebody told me that the guy who plays Elrod in this movie was the hunk from Argo . . . was there a hunk in Argo? Lol, I can't for the life of me recall so either I am blind or have the worst memory ever - ha! Regardless, this is pretty standard issue TV Movie of the Week stuff. The sole standout to me was Vivica A. Fox who really nails her part. She plays the role of the sports agent with great aplomb, being serious when she needs to and being funny and witty when she is called upon by the script. The other characters are all well-meaning and the acting is decent, but there's so little for them to do except to be "nice" that I couldn't relate to them. I think that the best thing to do with such movies is to wait for them to come out of dvd and then decide if you want to spend the money to see it. Better yet, just wait for it to be added to Netflix and then you really aren't spending much at all to see it.
I know this movie seems a bit typical at first glance, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it really has a heartwarming message that too many films these days do not. I can't say that the direction and acting were that great but the message of redemption and being responsible to those in our lives really resonated with me as a young mother. I think this should be a movie that young adults will like, especially those who have made some big time mistakes in their lives (who hasn't, right?) The story of the baseball player who almost loses it all because he refuses to come to terms with his past also has important implications in terms of how we think of mental illness, something that has definitely been weighing on us since Newtown. This movie shows that when we don't treat mental illness with the urgency and sensitivity it deserves, we end up creating much more destruction that would otherwise be the case. A good family movie.
Lest you think the title refers to the quality of this movie, let me correct you right here: this is no home run. It’s barely a double. For most of the movie’s duration, you’d think you were banished to the dug out. (Okay, enough with the baseball puns: you get the point).
The story is about an up-and-comer ball player named Cory Brand who seems to be doing everything wrong. He hits what he thinks is a home run, only to learn that the ball actually ended up injuring a young kid in the stands. Ouch. The boy also happens to be his nephew. Double ouch. Then he gets arrested for a DUI. His agent (played by a terrific Vivica A. Fox) admonishes him with: “Next time, why don’t you just shoot Bambi!”
Good question. He ends up enrolling in Alcoholics Anonymous where he reveals that he has had daddy issues that drove him to the bottle…surprise, surprise. A few moments later he’s off reciting the Serenity Prayer and soon things are tidily resolved.
Hip hip . . . hooray?