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October 1, 2018

Miracle Season (2018) --- “Every Point, Every Game, Every Win Was For Her. But This Last One Is For Them.”

Plot Summary
Caroline "Line" Found is the star player and captain of the volleyball team at West High School in Iowa City, Iowa. Her tragic death in an accident inspires Caroline's coach and teammates to band together to try and win the state championship. (1)

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     Directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer), The Miracle Season (2018) is based off the inspiring true story of Iowa’s West High Trojans volleyball team as they seek to win the volleyball State Championship for the 2nd time in a row. But after the sudden and tragic loss of their star player Caroline “Line” Found, the team disbands in mourning. It is only after many tears and some tough love in the form of grueling practices from the coach that the team decides to put aside their grief and work together to win State for Caroline.

     What is a legacy? Legacy can be defined by who we have inspired in our life, and yet it cannot only be confined to the memories of the past. Legacy is about reigniting the joy of those we love, it’s about others becoming greater than they know, and it's about passing on what we’ve learned. Legacy is not only about you inspire people while your alive but it’s also about how you continue to inspire them long after you’re gone. When our bones have long turned to dust, what we’ve left behind is our legacy. I believe that most of us have that one friend(s), teacher, parent, or adult who inspires you to be the best you can be, and for the volleyball team, that person was Caroline. She was friends with everyone and she touched the lives of everyone she met, none more so than her volleyball team. She inspired the team to be better than they were, to live every day to its fullest, that no challenge was too big to overcome and to hold nothing back. Her legacy does not end with the team but rather it lives on through them and those that they touch along the way.
     The film’s message is about being a source of hope for others. And while Caroline inspired people the film’s true source of hope lies with the team. Caroline saw greatness inside of each of them, and now it’s their time to show the world what she saw inside. After her loss, they could have quit playing and given up their chances at winning another State Championship. But loosing without trying would have been a disservice to Line’s legacy. Despite their grief and facing extreme stakes, the team decides to play and win State for Line. By their final game and under extreme pressure, the team and coach learn that they have long since honored Line’s legacy, who would be more than proud of what they’ve accomplished. And with some encouragement from the coach, who is also proud of them, they learn that its time for them to simply play the game and win State for themselves because they’re the ones who got themselves this far. The team provided hope to those around them because decided to not give up but keep on playing the game
     The cast did an amazing job with their characters, making them relatable and believable by pulling real emotions from the audience. Helen Hunt (Soul Surfer; Twister) was fantastic as the coach with a tough-love attitude and imbues the team to have a purpose in their time of loss. Erin Moriarty (End of The Watch; Blood Father) has an understated strength and beauty as Kelly Fiehler, while William Hurt (Lost in Space; Avengers Infinity War) was excellent as the grieving father Ernie Found. Their friendship was sweet and offered Ernie a chance at redemption for his self-pity after slowly pushing everyone away. They help each other through their grief and learn to stop blaming themselves for Caroline’s death. Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn; Jack Reacher 2) filled every scene she was in and radiated light as Caroline, so much so that even the audience felt the emotional weight of her loss.

     Overall, The Miracle Season (2018) reminds us to honor someone's legacy in pursuing the greatness they saw inside of us. It’s about letting go and embracing life to it’s fullest; to Live Like Line. If you were expecting just a run of the mill sports film then you will be sadly mistaken. The Miracle Season will make cry and smile at every turn, and even if you're familiar with the story this film will still continue to surprise you. If you enjoyed When the Game Stands Tall, Miracle, and Coach Carter then you will love this film and I highly recommend that you see it.

"You strong women, you win this for yourselves."
- Kathy Bresnahan

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  7.5 of 10 star
Worth Buying:  7.5 of 10 stars

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