This week’s family movie night suggestion is A Mile in His Shoes…
When I first heard about this movie, I couldn’t wait to watch it for family night. I wasn’t disappointed.
A Mile in His Shoes stars Dean Cain as a minor league baseball coach named nicknamed “Murph.” Murph enjoys his job, but can’t quite shake the losing streak his team has been experiencing lately. When Murph goes in search of a possible recruit, he accidentally runs his car off the road and becomes stranded on a country highway. A young man named Mickey offers him the use of his family’s phone. Murph takes Mickey up on his offer, and that’s when Murph discovers something amazing – Mickey’s pitching arm could be just the thing needed to end Murph’s team’s losing streak.
There’s only one problem – Mickey has Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of Autism), and as such, his parents (especially his dad) are very protective of him. Can Murph convince Mickey’s parents to allow their son the chance of a lifetime? And if Mickey’s parents do agree, how will Mickey fit in with the rest of the team? How will he adapt to life away from his family’s farm – the only life he’s ever known?
This movie has wonderful discussion points including the topics of faith, loyalty, friendship, never giving up, envy, mistreatment of others because they are different, grief, worry, and telling the truth.
A word of caution to those with young children: there is a brief scene at a party where Mickey is injured that will scare younger viewers.
Beautiful scenery, an inspiring story line based on a true story, and a well-rounded family movie make this a must-see. I highly recommend adding it to your list for your family’s next movie night!
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