Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD to facilitate this review. As always, this review contains my honest opinions.
Every Boy Needs a Hero is a touching Christian family movie about a father's broken relationship with his son and how he tries to win him back through the game of baseball, which they both love. The back story of the film is that the father, former most winning-est Little League coach Joe Finn (Burgess Jenkins), tried to do better for his family by pursuing riches. While gone for seven years, his wife dies from cancer. The movie begins when the father returns home to his grown son. Naturally, the relationship is badly damaged. His son is presently coaching little league baseball, which has drastically changed since Coach Finn coached. Between the two, they can coach the team, but can they mend their relationship? And not just their relationship, but other son-father relationships?
My family really enjoyed this film. It was entertaining and touching. As stated on the cover, the film does not contain any offensive language or elements, but its subject matter is best understood by children 10 and older. I did have to stop the video in a couple places to explain things to my children, ages 8 and 10, but overall, they understood what was going on. My children are both girls, and still enjoyed the film even though the focus was on fathers and sons.
The main theme in this movie is about the importance fathers are in their children's lives. I think it will help fathers to understand the importance their roles are and encourage them to become more involved in their sons lives. Another thing I loved about the film is how one father was able to make a difference not just in his sons lives, but in the lives of others. Joe Finn not only tried to rectify his wrong doings as a father, he tried to encourage others not to make the same mistakes. This would be a great film to show to families, whether at home, the community or church setting. For more information on how to get a free screener, visit http://www.herofamilymovie.com.