Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Dave Moody, Josh Moody, Rusty Whitener
John Schneider, Grayson Russell, Andrew Wilson Williams, Nancy Stafford
Based on the award-winning novel by Rusty Whitener, Season of Miracles follows the Robins, an underdog Little League team through their 1974 season with newcomer and autistic baseball savant, Rafer (Grayson Russell, Space Warriors, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Talledega Nights). Team leader Zack (Andrew Wilson Williams, We Are Marshall takes Rafer under his wing despite taunting from their rivals, the Hawks. Their Coach (John Schneider, The Dukes of Hazzard, October Baby, Smallville), and the rest of the Robins encourage Rafer as the team rises towards an unlikely championship season, that is less about winning and losing and more about living and dying. Season of Miracles is a life-inspiring story about sportsmanship, friendship, love between a father and son, and courage in the face of adversity.
"Season of Miracles" hits a homerun and grandly shows that miracles can still happen. It is 1974 and a Little League team in Alabama, the Robins, is an underdog. An autistic young man named Rafer is the 'Babe Ruth' of Little League. He is a special needs boy that is called a "retard" by ignorant kids but he is embraced by the Robins as he provides both hope and inspiration to them. He is the team's best hitter.
John Schneider is terrific as the coach of the team and he encourages the boys that, if they show heart, anything is possible. Nancy Stafford also appears as Nurse Barbara. The movie features various dramatic themes including the boys attending church and learning about God and a young player's dad is missing in action in the military.
By the story's end the team needs a miracle and they learn that when one is most needed, it is then that the greatest ones can happen. We are pleased to award this film our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages. This movie inspires the viewer to believe!
Content Description: Sex: None Language: A special needs boy is called a "retard" several times by kids; One boy likes Batman and Robin and likes to say, "Holy Toledo" and use the word "holy" a lot; Loser-1; Bozo-2; Chump-2; Butt-1 Violence: A kid shoves a kid; a man gets down on son when he strikes out and a woman smacks him with a lawn chair in what is supposed to be a humorous scene more than a violent one; a few kids get into a fight to defend a special needs boy but it is not graphic and a sheriff comes by and stops the fight but one boy has a bruised eye. Drugs: It's said a boy's father was "sauced". Nudity: Boys in shorts go swimming. Other: A man says that some preachers call people devils; a preacher jokes that because of some people's nature God must be crazy but he means no disrespect; a military man comes up missing; a sick boy passes out after scoring a run; a comment of "Why don't you go pick your nose?"