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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 1 Mile to You starts with a terrible tragedy, a school bus accident that kills a group of teens. The sole survivor is wracked with grief at the loss of both his best friend and his girlfriend; he channels his feelings into training for the track team. The central accident occurs mostly off-screen, so there aren't really any tough scenes to watch. Viewers do see teens drinking at a party, smoking cigarettes, and holding an unlit joint. There's also some kissing and swearing ("s--t," "ass"), as well as a locker room scene in which "homosexual" is used in a derogatory way. While themes of grief and loss run throughout the film, it also has an uplifting message about perseverance and dedication, which could prove inspiring.
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What's the story?
IN 1 MILE TO YOU, after a terrible accident kills almost every member of a high school track team, Kevin (Graham Rogers) is wracked with grief. He's lost his best friend and his girlfriend, and one of his few reminders is his buddy's training shoes, which Kevin refuses to take off. Kevin channels his pain by running, putting in mile after mile and pushing his body beyond its limits as he becomes a track sensation. But even though he gets faster and faster, Kevin still struggles to outrun his pain.
Is it any good?
In a race of movies about running, this drama has legitimate reasons to take a spot at the starting line, but it will likely finish toward the back of the pack. Though 1 Mile to You has its heart in the right place and has plenty of scenes of actual running, it's uneven and confusing -- it's both a romance looking for more uplift and a sports-themed movie that's short on providing inspiration (a must for the genre). Plus, some of the running scenes strain credulity -- what high school boy runs miles and miles to school in a sweater and hat and doesn't sweat? And, frankly, what high school boy devoted to running would run in that?
Rogers does a fairly decent job of telegraphing Kevin's anguish and survivor's guilt. But it's Billy Crudup who's the main attraction here; fans of the actor, who starred in the genre-defining Without Limits, will thrill to see him playing Kevin's coach (a natural progression from his Prefontaine role), but his character is ill-defined, wacky in parts and earnest in others. The mix doesn't quite gel -- though he, as always, turns in a strong performance.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how 1 Mile to You depicts grief and survivor's guilt. Does Kevin's response to the tragedy make sense? Can you understand why he pushes himself to run so hard? How do you think you'd react in his position?
How do other people respond to Kevin and his mourning? Do his parents and coaches understand why he needs to run so much and why he won't change his shoes?
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