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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kathy Bresnahan
... Kelley Fliehler
... Ernie Found
... Caroline Found
... Scott Sanders
... Mack
... Brie
... Taylor
... Lizzy
... Alex
... Ellyn Found
Vanessa Wiebe ... Twin Tower #1
Cassandra Bagnell ... Twin Tower #2
... Bethany
... Catharine Found
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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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$3,950,652, 8 April 2018, Wide Release

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$10,225,770, 1 July 2018
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Based on the true story of Iowa City West High School student and volleyball star Caroline Found's tragic death the week before her senior year began. See more »

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In one radio/TV announcement, the Iowa station call letters are WKRG, but later there is footage from KCRG. KCRG is correct, but there would be no stations operating out of Iowa with call letters starting with W. The state is on the west side of the Mississippi. States on the east side of the Mississippi River have stations with call letters starting with W. States on the west side of the Mississippi River have stations with call letters starting with K. See more »

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Written by Katy Perry, Max Martin, Lukasz Gottwald, Cirkut (as Henry Walter) and Bonnie McKee
Performed by Katy Perry
Published by When I'm Rich You'll Be My Bitch (ASCAP), Cirkut Breaker LLC, Prescriptions Songs, Kasz Money Publishing, MXM Music AB and Songs of Pulse Recording (BMI)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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inspiring, but overwrought
8 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

"The Miracle Season" (PG, 1:41) is a drama directed by Sean McNamara (who directed the 2015 true-story high school drama "Spare Parts") and written by David Aaron Cohen (2004's "Friday Night Lights" film) and Elissa Matsueda ("Spare Parts"). This movie is based on the true story of the tragic death of a high school volleyball team captain in Iowa in 2011 and the season in which the team struggled to overcome their grief, push forward without their best player and try to repeat as state champions.

Caroline "Line" Found (Danika Yarosh) is the effervescent captain of the West High School girls volleyball team and life-long best friend of Kelley Fliehler (Erin Moriarty, looking like a slightly younger Kate Mara). Caroline encourages Kelley when she doubts her volleyball skills and even manages to stay positive and try to boost the spirits of her mother (Jillian Fargey) who is dying of cancer. Caroline's father, Dr. Ernie Found (Oscar winner William Hurt), also seems to draw strength from his daughter as he deals with his wife's condition. All this makes for an especially devastating tragedy when "Line" dies so unexpectedly.

Caroline's teammates have a hard enough time dealing with losing such an important person in their young lives, let alone getting back on the volleyball court. The team's coach, Kathy Bresnahan (Oscar winner Helen Hunt) encourages Kelley to step up, become a team leader, and get her teammates back to practice. The coach feels that returning to the game they all love will help the girls heal and be the best way to honor Caroline's memory. The players slowly come to agree, but still find it very painful to play volleyball without Caroline - and just as difficult to win without her - but they keep on trying.

"The Miracle Season" is a touching and inspiring story. It may be predictable and have an "After School Special" vibe to it, but the excellent cast and strong performances raise this film to another level. It would've done better to wallow in its sad backstory a little less and feature the game of volleyball a little more, but the movie is still entertaining. It also serves up some valuable lessons, not just about overcoming adversity and never giving up (as important as all that is), but it also shows teenagers how fragile life can be and reminds us all to live every day to the fullest. "B"


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