The Miracle Season

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Directed by Sean McNamara, this fact-based sports drama follows the Iowa City West High School girls' volleyball team after they lose their captain and star player (Danika Yarosh) to a moped accident. Thrown into near-paralysis by grief, under the wise direction of its coach (Helen Hunt) the ensemble pulls together thanks to the encouragement of the deceased player's father (William Hurt) and the leadership of her best friend (Erin Moriarty). Though screenwriters David Aaron Cohen and Elissa Matsueda delay the film's positive twist too long to keep the audience engaged, and largely sideline their characters' religious beliefs, in the end this salute offers uplifting entertainment suitable for a broad audience.

 

Watch out for: One instance of innuendo.

 

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: PG

 

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