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The Miracle Season (2018)

PG | | Drama, Sport | 6 April 2018 (USA)
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After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.

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Sean McNamara

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David Aaron Cohen (screenplay by), Elissa Matsueda (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Hunt ... Kathy Bresnahan
Erin Moriarty ... Kelley Fliehler
William Hurt ... Ernie Found
Danika Yarosh ... Caroline Found
Jason Gray-Stanford ... Scott Sanders
Natalie Sharp ... Mack
Tiera Skovbye ... Brie
Lillian Doucet-Roche ... Taylor
Nesta Cooper ... Lizzy
Burkely Duffield ... Alex
Jillian Fargey ... Ellyn Found
Vanessa Wiebe Vanessa Wiebe ... Twin Tower #1
Cassandra Bagnell Cassandra Bagnell ... Twin Tower #2
Rebecca Staab ... Bethany
Lee Booker ... Catharine Found
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Caroline "Line" Found is the star volleyball player on the Iowa City West High School Volleyball Team and well-loved by members of the community. With Line as the captain, the Trojans have been undefeated and everyone has high hopes for West to win the championship again after the previous year, especially against their long-time rival, City High. During a party at her house, Line decides to secretly sneak away to visit her mother Ellyn at the hospital, where she is being treated for cancer. That night, Line herself is killed in a moped accident, leaving the entire community in mourning. Despite the school and community still in shock over Line's death, the Trojans' coach, Kathy Bresnahan continues to hold volleyball practice. She directly approaches Line's best friend, Kelley, encouraging her to return because Line would have wanted them to continue. Kelley refuses, but Bresnahan persists until Kelley agrees. After it is revealed that the Trojans lost their most recent match due to ...

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Trivia

In several moments of the final game, it is seen as the team libero (wearing white tshirt) makes a couple of serves. A libero is not allowed to serve, according to international rules, with the exception of the NCAA women's volleyball games, where a 2004 rule change allows the libero to serve, but only in a specific rotation. That is, the libero can only serve for one person, not for all of the people for whom she goes in. That rule change was also applied to high school and junior high play soon after. See more »

Goofs

When the scoreboard for the State Championship is shown at the end of the 3rd set, the scores at the bottom for the 1st two sets are wrong. See more »

Quotes

Kathy Bresnahan: How many teams have earned two championships back to back? Almost none.
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You Make Me Feel...
Written by Ina Wroldsen (as Ina Wroldson) & Steve Mac
Performed by Cobra Starship feat. Sabi Portlock (as Sabi)
Published by Reservoir/Reverb Music and BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP) courtesy of BMG Rights Management
Courtesy of Fueled by Ramen/Atlantic Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Inspiring account of a true story
12 April 2018 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

The Miracle Season is an inspiring account of a true story. The acting and narration respectfully accommodate the actual people involved. This is sure to be a worthwhile watch for any sports movie fan.

The story follows talented volleyball team, The Women of Troy, as they seek to win the championship. However, a tragic accident results in the death of team leader Caroline Found (Danika Yarosh). As a result, the team disbands in mourning, with coach Kathy (Helen Hunt) trying to lighten and reunite its hopeless members. Caroline's best friend Kelly (Erin Moriarty) chooses to become team leader and respect Caroline by espousing the championship. This results in a grueling training season where all team members must put aside their grief and work together to compete. With extreme stakes at hand, the team must win in order to fully respect Caroline's legacy and rectify their losses.

Helen Hunt, as Kathy, incredibly presents her tough-love attitude towards her team and their determination to win the championship. She performs wonderfully in depicting Kathy's attempt to imbue the team with a purpose in the most hopeless of circumstances. Erin Moriarty, as Kelly, excellently portrays her growth from novice volleyball player to motivating leader. Danika Yarosh, as Caroline, exceptionally characterizes her teenage friendship with Kelly, including some recklessness at times. This allows her accident to have an emotional weight to it. William Hurt, as Ernie, is my favorite character due to his character arc through his grief of his daughter's death, as he slowly pushes people closest to him away. His friendship with Kathy allows for a humanizing and emotionally charged redemption from his self-pity.

Sean McNamara directs the movie with a scenic chronological representation of the events that happened in real life. My favorite scene is one where Kelly and Ernie talk about their regrets, resulting in Ernie asking Kelly to stop being so harsh on herself. I love how it portrays a relatable aspect of life. The flaw with the movie comes in the first act, when it feels like another cliché teen drama. Fortunately, it improves once the more humanizing aspects of the story come into play. However, there is an overuse of mainstream music during much of the movie, which results in a few of the most emotional scenes being completely nullified.

The message of this movie is to always remain as a source of hope for others. Despite the extreme pressure the team faces, Kelly always finds a way to assure her teammates. I give this film 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 6 to 18.

Reviewed by Arjun N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews by youth, visit kidsfirst dot org


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6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,950,652, 8 April 2018

Gross USA:

$10,230,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,230,620
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