Haunted by old wounds and regrets, baseball star Cory Brand begins turning to alcohol. But one mistake changes everything. To save his career, Cory must complete a 12-step program in his hometown. Running headfirst into memories---and the love he left behind---will he discover that nobody is beyond the healing power of God? Dove approved (12+). Rated PG-13. Approx. 113 minutes.
One thing about the movie that I liked is God is mentioned and Christ. Even though the message how to get saved is not formally introduced it is mentioned by a couple of people including the star of the movie. This movie has a couple of areas that did not need to be in it to make a good movie they actually took away from the movie and that is the one lady's dress and cleavage plus a word used a couple of times (not really a bad word) but it did not need to be used. Other than that it did have many good qualities that were very positive in it such as forgiveness, facing your trials, trusting the Lord etc. If I was to rate it out of ten and it did not have two things I mentioned before in it I would give it a 9 but because of the the two things I listed I would give it a seven and a half. However I would recommend this movie.
This movie was realistic, but so encouraging. It shows the way addicts live and affect the people in their lives. Jesus changes lives! This movie shows the change that Jesus makes in one man's life. The only thing that made me sad is that they did not share the Gospel in the film.
This movie focuses primarily on the life of a person who endured an abusive childhood and coped with it through alcohol. It presents the consequences of allowing such a course to take control of a person's life and those that are close to them. Additionally, it presents a twelve-step recovery program, "Celebrate Recovery", which is Christian based; along with testimonials of people who went through diverse life challenges and how God changed their life. Although their lives are not perfect now, their lives are better-off because of God in their life.
Although the main character of the film does present his testimony at the end of the film, the film does not present his conversion experience (e.g. sinner's prayer, or praying with the CR leader on the scene where he confessed to the leader that he could not stop drinking and stop the cycle). As time passes by, more faith-based films are doing this, and to me, this is falling short of scripture:
... "if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom. 10:9-10).
If it were not for this, I would give the film five stars. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend this movie for people who are struggling with addictions of any kind and for people who work with or live around them as well. Check-it out for yourself!