Source: Catholic News Service
Fanciful but extraordinarily moving film about a 14-year-old boy (Adam Butcher) who believes only a miracle can bring his hospitalized mother out of her coma, so with no prior experience in running he decides his miracle will be winning the Boston Marathon and trains with one of his teachers, former runner Father Hibbert (Campbell Scott), all to the consternation of stern Father Fitzpatrick (Gordon Pinsent), the school's principal who believes talk of miracles is blasphemous. Some of writer-director Michael McGowan's dialogue has a not-quite-natural quality though this is clearly meant to be a fable, while certain elements of the story -- the boy's admitted habits of "self-abuse," a scene of a naked woman in a locker room, a portrayal of church authority as unduly restrictive -- complicate what might otherwise be ideal entertainment for all ages, and limit the film's appropriateness to adults and older adolescents. Profanity, rear nudity, a nonexplicit masturbation scene, underage drinking and smoking. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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