Against the backdrop of high school football and track, two brothers in a small Southern town face escalating problems with two different world views, straining—but ultimately strengthening—the bonds of brotherhood.
Run The Race is a well-made story of two high school-age brothers in small-town Florida, and we intersect with their lives some time after their mother has died and their father has abandoned them. As we enter the scene, we don’t know how their mother died, and we don’t know much about Dad, but we are drawn to their characters because the likable young men are devoted to one another and seem to be managing life well. The center of their life is their high school football careers; one ended by injury and one still thriving.
Zach and Dave are played by Tanner Stine and Evan Hofer whose performances bring this story to life, even though we really don’t know why they’re both high school seniors since they’re not twins. Frances Fisher and Mykelti Williamson, acting as Godmother and Coach, bring star power to the loving adults in the teenagers’ lives. Zach’s romantic interest and one of the key catalysts for change is Ginger (Kelsey Reinhardt), who brings a sassy and strong commitment to a character of faith and integrity.
This film does a good job with emotional beats; we enjoy the struggles and closeness of these two brothers, and we are willing to suspend a bit of reality to enjoy a story of growth and truth in God’s love. We see Dave is committed to his faith as his foundation, but Zach is still too bitter about their situation to hear any message about softening his heart.
We appreciate writer Jake McEntire’s story of devotion and forgiveness. The characters all stay in their typical lanes: stabilizing force or transformational path to hope and growth. While there is no harsh language or gratuitous sexuality, McEntire allowed some bad behavior in the story in an effort to be more authentic.
Run The Race is awarded the Dove-Approved 12+ Seal. Be aware of some scenes with underage drinking, ego-induced brawls and a tragic twist at the end.
The Dove Take:
It’s an enjoyable production with strong talent, even if we need to take several leaps of faith (so to speak).