Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this family sports comedy features insults and put-downs, including a homophobic slur (used without consequence), and traffics in some classic stereotypes about girls being unsuitable for sports. However, it isn't a widely represented view in the film, and it's balanced out with some diversity and ultimately positive messages, particularly about bullying and getting along. Additionally, main character Lorenzo's mother has passed away (not shown, just referred to) and his father is in prison for "protecting illegal immigrants." The movie features scenes of his father calling for weekly updates from prison.
A man acts goofily nervous anytime he's around a mother he remarks he "should have asked out." In one scene, a kid tells him to "put his eyes back in his head" after she walks away. In another, a man kisses a woman's neck, but she indicates she is only interested in friendship.
The movie includes sustained intimidation, insults, and bullying tactics among the teams to win entrance to the final showdown game. A coach instructs a player to hit another kid in the head on purpose to weaken his team, which leads to both coaches scrapping with each other. Elsewhere, two boys briefly squabble; the fight is broken up with an outrageous release of gas by another boy. A few kids are beaned in the head with baseball in the course of play.
In one scene, a boy calls a girl who plays baseball a "lesbo" without consequence. There are several references to stereotypes such as the antiquated (except in sports, apparently) notion that girls should not be allowed to play baseball, or that they belong instead in softball. A male newscaster expresses the idea that competitive girls are the direct result of 30 years of feminism teaching women they should be "just like men." Elsewhere, kids use kid-typical put-downs, like calling each other "dufus," "fatass," and "loser." In one scene, a kid tells another kid that he "sucks donkey balls."
Home Run Showdown espouses positive messages about loyalty, hard work, teamwork, fairness, and the valuable life lessons to be gleaned from sports.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Many scenes take place in a family owned bar, but drinking is never shown to excess or by minors. In one scene, the bar owner serves ginger ale in martini glasses to kids who just won a baseball game.