Pitching Hope

DVD Release: April 1, 2014
Pitching Hope


Going home for summer break, baring the bad news of losing her scholarship, Samantha is forced to face her militant father, retired Sergeant Major Angelo Moreno.

In an attempt to regain her funding for school, Angelo convinces his daughter to compete in a high stakes, underground game of horseshoes.

During training, Samantha’s attitude quickly descends towards failure until discovering her father’s current medical condition.

Working her way to the top, Samantha battles uphill until facing the current champion, King Lewy, in a final game to determine who will win the $50,000 and be named champion.

Dove Review

This movie has a real “contemporary” feel to it and makes a statement for the Christian faith. The film builds towards an exciting climax in which the viewer will be rooting for Samantha Moreno, a young woman who overcomes a significant storm in her life to battle for a major cash prize in order to be able to continue to attend college.

Her father, Sergeant Major Angelo Moreno, adds some comic relief as the hard and tough military man who trains her, yet he’s the kind of man who has soft cream filling inside his tough exterior. He also faces a major drama in his life as he fights for his very life due to a serious blood clot. Moreno calls his daughter “turd” a lot, which he says stands for “trainee under rigorous development”! His top rule he tells his daughter to remember is to “Put Jesus first”.

The viewer will root for Samantha who winds up in a major horse shoe contest, pitching shoes for a chance to win a $50,000 cash prize. But some major competition stands in her way, including the current champion, King Lewy, who not only is very good but he just happens to know it.

You and your family will find yourself rooting for Samantha as you watch this family film together. We do want to note that a conservative character refers to “sissy liberals, no respect, morals, or ethics” and that one phrase that is used a couple of times is “P*ss on ’em”. This film does develop the theme that hard work and faith pays off. We are pleased to award the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages twelve plus.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A girlfriend, because of her Christian faith, reminds her boyfriend "I wouldn't have sex with you"; a husband and wife are seen in bed; a father asks his daughter point blank if she is pregnant; a dying woman gives her blessing for her husband and best friend to marry in the future.
Language: D-1; Crap-1; Turd-9; Geez-3; P/PO-5; Sucks-2; "Stupid"-1
Violence: A few disagreements between characters; a character purposely wounds a competitor's hand, with the injury bleeding and requiring a bandage; a flashback scene in which a drunk hits a woman's husband; a man hits himself on the leg in frustration; a man's nose bleeds a few times from his illness; a father shoots off a gun toward the sky to keep his daughter focused.
Drugs: Tea is served with a meal in one scene and due to the lighting may appear to be beer but it is tea.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: A few characters sport tattoos; a man refers to "sissy liberals, no respect, morals or ethics"; death and grief; a woman gives thanks to Jesus Christ.


Company: Kinonation / Eye Film Releasing
Writer: Tony Mendoza
Director: Tony Mendoza
Producer: Tony Mendoza
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 88 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter