I'm one in the camp of "hard to watch and digest" viewers. Just to get this off my chest, Danica McKellar was wasted in her small part, other than her beauty. She complemented the 2 other pretty women, the AA leader, and the daughter of the main character, but she was featured too rarely, and I could never sew her into the fabric of the plot.
What went on too long? The main character is a guy who made it to the Majors in baseball, and froze. He is still grieving this, but not dealing with it , so to realize he has to love and understand that part of himself, thus he is a
now scruffy, unshaven, badly dressed and puffy faced alcoholic. We see too many days of his Breckfast of Champions: whisky on ice. Sorry, I've forgotten what happened to his wife, but the family member I really care about is his daughter, just turned 17, and has long suffered his lack of attention, his inability to actually listen to her, and try to understand what she would like or needs from him, and his failure really to keep up with things.
(The house is always neat and clean- and pretty - a mansion really to me, but where is the housekeeper?). Anyway
when he's sober, he tries to go shopping at the nearby big market to bring food home, but the basket is heavily
laden with beer and/or liquor which is difficult to hide.
Here he meets his saviour, a cute little guy named "PRODUCE" who is a Down's Syndrome person, and quite engaging. Maybe it is alcoholism and the loss of social brakes that makes main character susceptible to Produce's very real innocence, charm and cheerful outlook, because instead of judging, as many people do, he just listens
to Produce with openness. He actually ends up going there frequently just to chat with Produce, because it just
makes him happy! At this point, I am just tired of seeing Baseball hero keep drinking and looking like a mess, it
is a social mime now, isn't it? if you see someone who's an alcoholic, you tell him it's time to get to an AA meeting.
Yet, this time is filled with teaching Produce how to hit a baseball with a broom (this happens in back of the store, in the driveway; it was so funny a scene I enjoyed it immensely!), But while becoming actual friends, the drinking continues with VERY BAD consequences for his daughter! I felt really scared in those scenes. Her dad know what
kind of guy her boyfriend was (views sex as his due, and his convenience, but is totally unable to see women as human beings; an abuser, he is definitely) but Dad cannot get through to Daughter because he's lost her long ago,and so she is going to find out things for herself!
As another reviewer said, the plot has many aspects, one of which had some less than ethical buddies who were
somehow trying to involve or use Baseball Hero to make money. This also had a very detrimental outcome.
I definitely agree the writers and producers weaved this complex story brilliantly and successfully. It's just that I
wanted Miss Happy Danica McKeller, and this was the wrong movie; the consequences were all actually very real
but sad, and this evening I needed "happy." Therefore, this review is just to let someone know that this is a realistic movie dealing with real but difficult tendencies in our society, and the ending includes these things.