Road to the Open (CBA version)
The future looks bleak for single-parent Jerry McDonald, who is struggling after the loss of his wife. Tennis has become his only semi-social outlet, with his eccentric best friend, Miles, who’s working through anger management with the help of his life coach (Judd Nelson).
Reluctantly, Jerry caves to Miles’ pressure to play in a local tournament that could earn them a once-in-a-lifetime slot in an exhibition match at a prestigious national tournament, The Open. But they‘ll have to meet the infamous Gollant Brothers (Eric Roberts and John Schneider) who haven’t lost club champions status for a decade. Let the training begin.
Tyler, Jerry’s precocious 10-year-old daughter, has faithfully accepted that her mom has gone to heaven, but longs to see Dad “happy again.” For Jerry, the thought of finding love is as foreign as winning the tournament, until Tyler asks the looming question, “Do you think you’ll ever get married again?” Encouraged to step out with courage, Jerry gets the guts to talk with Sam, a cute co-worker and new friend. Tyler loves her, and life seems to be looking up for Jerry.
Life is full of twists and turns, and some are hard to overcome. A second serve is a precious gift, and a double fault can be tragic. “Road to the Open” is a journey to live again, to love again. For movie goers, it’s a classic underdog story that is sure to generate smiles and cheers.
“Road to the Open” is inspiring, dramatic, and funny. It makes the point that when life goes wrong, “the people around you make all the difference,” as widower and father Jerry McDonald (Troy McKay) says.
Jerry’s wife has been gone for three years now and he lives a predictable life, working in the laundry room at the local hospital and raising his ten-year-old daughter, Tyler (Kasee McDonald). He and Tyler are close and share a few laughs each day. Jerry and his best friend, Miles Worth (Phillip DeVona), play tennis together, and when Miles challenges Jerry to enter a tournament with him that could lead to a shot at the “Open” championship, Jerry thinks Miles is nuts, especially since the Gollant brothers stand in their way (played by Eric Roberts and John Schneider). Jerry meets a woman at work named Sam (Michelle Gunn), he and Miles start winning matches, and Sam supports him all the way. His life takes an upward turn. However, when Jerry chokes during a big moment, he loses heart and is about to give up on everything, when life suddenly gives him another opportunity to prove himself. Is God working all things together for his good?
With likable characters, some funny moments (usually involving the quirky Miles), and a reminder of what God can do with difficult situations, “Road to the Open” is a winner. We are happy to award it our Faith Friendly 12+ Seal.