With four boys in the house, I am very keenly aware of how important certain things are for their growth and well-being. Pretty close to the top is their need to have a healthy relationship with their father. This premise is a large part of what the new movie, HERO, showcases.
What is the storyline for HERO?
Joe Finn is a legendary children’s baseball coach who prioritized fame and fortune in the big leagues over time with his family. When his wife takes ill, Joe has no choice but to return home and pick up where he left off with his now adult son, David.
In an attempt to reconnect, Joe and David form a new baseball league to reinvigorate an underdog little league team, “The Gappers.” In an ironic twist, Joe requires the fathers of his new players to prioritize their son’s baseball games over their own respective careers.
From two producers of “Alone Yet Not Alone”, comes a heartfelt movie about forgiveness, compassion and family.
HERO is available on DVD with a suggested retail price of $19.96 and is currently available from Walmart for $12.96.
Watch the Trailer for HERO
My Thoughts on HERO
I decided to not push for watching this film with the boys. Instead, I took the approach of viewing it myself and then not worrying about if they wanted to come in and join me. And, some of them did drift in and out of the room. However, this movie’s slower pace did not grab their attention like many mainstream action films would. So, it was pretty much just me watching.
That being said, I think I’ll be pulling this back out for a rainy afternoon with my younger boys. There’s really not anything offensive in this family friendly film for me to worry about with either my 4 or 11 year old sons. The one potential issue is that one of the fathers is in jail. However, those scenes are really toned down compared to what you might see in some movies or reality shows for a prison setting.
Overall, I enjoyed the acting, the cinematography, the music chosen for different parts of the film, and of course the overall message on how important fathers are in the lives of boys. They NEED that relationship, particularly in a positive way. Young boys look up to and idolize their fathers and see them as their main role model when it comes to how to wade through all life throws at you.
Do you enjoy movies which use sports as a backdrop to their overall message?
What is a favorite sports themed film you’ve watched or one you’ve recently seen?