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Home Run Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Athlete learns what's important in alcoholism drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Home Run examines the impact of alcohol addiction. It follows a selfish pro baseball player who's forced to coach a Little League team, only to discover that the simple things in life -- including family and faith -- can offer more than what he finds in a bottle. Most of the movie's content is quite mild, but the focus on drinking -- including scenes that show how drinking too much can destroy lives and lead to anger and some violence (hitting, etc.) -- makes the movie best suited for teens and up. Also, one character talks about being a survivor of sexual abuse.

  • Families can talk about how Home Run portrays drinking/alcoholism. Do you think it's realistic? Can you think of other movies/TV shows that have dealt with this topic? How is this one similar/different?
  • What do you think about the choices Cory makes, including abandoning a child and choosing alcohol over other important things? How do these choices affect his life? How did his own childhood affect him?
  • What role does faith play in the movie? How does that impact its messages and audience?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Fighting alcohol addiction is difficult, but it can be done, and Cory shows that giving up liquor can make him into a much better person.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Cory starts out as a selfish, spoiled alcoholic, but he eventually comes to recognize how his drinking has affected him and the people around him. He realizes he can change -- and wants to change.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Cory is prone to bouts of rage. He hits another man during an argument and sometimes hits furniture and throws household objects. A woman talks about being a survivor of sexual abuse.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Two characters flirt and hint at a shared romantic past.

  • language false1

    Language: Infrequent, tame insult/potty language, including "butt," "fart" and "that sucks."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A baseball player mentions Nike shoes and enjoys driving a Corvette.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The film focuses on the effects of alcoholism, and the main character drinks heavily and often. He drives drunk, gets angry, hits people, and causes lots of trouble while intoxicated. He later realizes the error of his ways.

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