ONE HIT FROM HOME

"Brace for the Curveball"

Quality:
Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.
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What You Need To Know:

ONE HIT FROM HOME is an inspirational sports drama. Jimmy Easton’s promising baseball career is cut short by a devastating knee injury. After returning home to Phoenix, Arizona, he beats up a stranger who provokes him at a bar. That and other offenses make prison seem imminent for Jimmy. However, Jimmy’s uncle, the sports director at a local college, affords him the chance to instead fulfill community service as the coach of a losing baseball team. The only talented player on the team is Brandon Elliot, whose father verbally abuses him when he underperforms.

ONE HIT FROM HOME is an entertaining sports movie. Its biggest setback is that it gets caught up with genre conventions. Even so, the movie benefits from solid acting and the eventual daring to not be as much about victories on the field as about coming to terms with grief and loss. ONE HIT FROM HOME has a very strong Christian worldview and other positive elements, but some objectionable content (such as alcoholism and verbal abuse) make it better suited for older children in their teens and above.

Content:

(CCC, BB, V, S, N, AA, M) Very strong Christian worldview (the movie opens with a voiceover quoting from James, a crucifix necklace serves as a key prop, Brandon and his father eventually become reconciled, a pastor prays with Jimmy and assures him that the death and resurrection of Jesus gives believers the hope necessary to overcome griefs and trials) and strong moral worldview (Jimmy’s uncle has him coach the team as a way to turn his life around and fulfill community service as a substitute for going to jail, Jimmy becomes more mature and responsible); no foul language; Jimmy beats up a stranger at a bar when provoked, his parents died in a car accident (the event isn’t portrayed); Jimmy is shown in bed with a woman (presumably they’ve slept together), Brandon’s girlfriend wears some cleavage-bearing outfits; occasional upper male nudity with Jimmy; Jimmy is an alcoholic during the movie’s first half (he’s often intoxicated or consuming a drink), Jeff also suffers from alcoholism; no smoking or drug use; and, Jimmy is very grouchy and apathetic before he starts improving, Brandon is verbally abused by his father when he or his team underperform.

More Detail:

ONE HIT FROM HOME is an inspirational sports drama. Jimmy Easton’s promising baseball career is cut short by a devastating knee injury. After returning home to Phoenix, Arizona, he beats up a stranger who provokes him at a bar. That and other offenses make prison seem imminent for Jimmy. However, Jimmy’s uncle, the sports director at a local college, affords him the chance to instead fulfill community service as the coach of a losing baseball team. The only talented player on the team is Brandon Elliot, whose father verbally abuses him when he underperforms.

ONE HIT FROM HOME is an entertaining sports movie. Its biggest setback is that it gets caught up with genre conventions. Even so, the movie benefits from solid acting and the eventual daring to not be as much about victories on the field as about coming to terms with grief and loss. ONE HIT FROM HOME has a very strong Christian worldview and other positive elements, but some objectionable content (such as alcoholism and verbal abuse) make it better suited for older children in their teens and above.

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