Home Run Fails to Bring to Deliver
To make a good baseball movie, the actors must look like they can really play the game. Home Run does well in this department with Scott Elrod. He has the build and swagger of a big league player. He makes the movie bearable even with its thin story of redemption.
Elrod plays a big league player who has alcohol troubles as well as daddy issues. It is showed in the prologue that as a kid, Cory Brand had to take fastballs from his abusive father. This could be the reason for his present problems.
Then one day, Cory is called out after what he thought was an inside-the-park home run. During his outburst, he injures a batboy, who turns out to be his own nephew. He is given an eight week suspension because of the incident.
His agent (Vivica A. Fox) sends him to his hometown but he ends up getting a DUI. He is now required to go to 12-step Celebrate Recovery meetings. He is also asked to coach his brother’s Little League team. Among the characters are the disapproving sister-in-law (Nicole Leigh) and fellow coach (Dorian Brown). She is also Cory’s high school sweetheart. She has a son (Charles Henry Wyson) who is looking for a father figure.
Home run doesn’t bring anything new to the table. It is a typical faith-based movie built around Cory’s battle with his demons, make amends for his wrongdoings and find religion. The 12-step meetings are all too familiar and the movie’s slow pace doesn’t do it any good.
Cory’s personal journey lacks any emotional punch due to the familiarity of the story. The script also lacks drama on the field. Cory has a few words of wisdom given to the kids about baseball. Home Run is too muted and nothing great happens in it.