This is the movie that needs to be seen this summer
"Where Hope Grows" is an inspiring and uplifting film filled with positivity and, well, hope! The film centers around the friendship between a down and out ex- ballplayer and the produce stocker at the grocery store, who happens to have Down Syndrome. The best part of this film is that nothing is served up with a hit you over the head message. Instead, there is just a quality story that is enjoyable to watch unfold as the characters learn to accept themselves and one another, and, through doing so become the best versions of themselves. No punches are pulled in the handling of the material, which is a welcome change to films usually of this nature. And with a killer cast anchored by the incredibly affable Kristoffer Polaha as the ballplayer and David DeSanctis as Produce in a performance that deserves to nab both notoriety and nominations, this is simply the movie that people need to see this summer. This film makes me want to be the best version of myself. I learned a lot from Produce and encourage you all to take this journey and do the same. You will be rewarded with a great supporting cast that is immediately recognizable (Danica McKellar, William Zabka, Kerr Smith, Brooke Burns) while not stealing the film away from the central story. And that story is real, thoughtful, moving, funny, and filled with a sweet, hopefulness throughout. Simply put, this is what film should be and a prime example of why indie film needs to be supported. You can do just that by catching this one in the theaters today!
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