Cultural Arts Review: Home Run

Posted on September 20, 2013 by

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For my Cultural Arts Review, I chose a film that was released in 2013.  The film is titled Home Run and was directed by David Boyd.  It was released in theaters in the United States in April of 2013 and has grossed just over $2.8 million.  The main plot of the film is a sort of cliché tale about an athlete troubled with an addiction who makes a comeback.  Main character Cory Brand is put into a rehabilitation program for his severe case of alcoholism.  This program takes place in his hometown where he is responsible for having injured his brother in an alcohol-related car accident.  He cleans up his act and begins coaching a little league baseball team to keep him busy.  Eventually he meets up with his former high school girlfriend as well as his son, both of whom he begins to rebuild a relationship with.

            I chose this movie because the plot reminded me of a fairly common occurring story in many different sports.  The athlete gets caught up in drugs or alcohol early in their promising career, then they go through a rehabilitation stage where they find a connection with God, (most of the athletes in this situation happen to be Christian) and then get clean and continue their career in sports.  One athlete who stands out in my mind as a prime example of this sort of story is Josh Hamilton, who is an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels.  Hamilton was an outstanding ball player with a promising future but in 2003 he failed a drug test and was out of baseball for about 3 years.  He went through rehab and became a very religious man.  2 years after he returned, he established himself as a dominant hitter with his stunning performance in the home run derby, 2 years later he would win the American League Most Valuable player award.

            It doesn’t represent much of a religious tradition, but I thought the idea of someone who gets caught up in negative chemicals and then betters themselves through finding God and turning to religion to recover was sort of a common cliché that the film maker based this movie off of. 

            One message I get from this movie, regardless of whether or not the film maker was trying to convey this message, is that it’s fine to do drugs because you can just turn to God and everything will be just great afterwards.  The vibe I get from the movie is that the only cure for alcoholism is to open up your heart to the Lord and pray all the time and everything will find a way of working itself out no matter what.  This shows me that Christians have a lot of trust in their God to help them through their problems; almost like they just expect it out of him/her.  It seems a lot different from what Christianity used to be, the Quakers for instance were a God fearing people and they didn’t so much turn to God for help as much as they just worshiped him.

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