1 Mile to You

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Drama about teen grief and track is uneven, confusing.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Grieving is a tough process, and sometimes you have to give people the time and space they need to mourn the loss of loved ones. Such losses can also become powerful motivators -- in this case, driving Kevin to become a track star as he remembers his friends from the team who passed away.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kevin is fiercely determined to remember his best friend and girlfriend, who both died in an accident, and to use this determination as motivation to help become a track star. His grief is palpable, and he channels it productively, though sometimes to the point of ignoring his body's needs and limits.


The story is set in motion by a terrible accident that leaves many people dead, though almost none of the incident is shown on screen. The main character is a tenacious runner who trains so hard that he ends up with bloody feet and even urinates blood. 




Swearing includes "ass" and "s--t," plus insults like "moron." There's also a locker-room sequence when guys call other boys "homosexual" in a derogatory way. 


One character drives a Mini Copper, which gets a lot of screen time, but not as much as the Asics running shoes that the main character wears almost all the time. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking at parties. In one scene, high schoolers hold a joint, though they don't use it. 

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byBalletsport7 January 24, 2020


1 Mile to You is amazing! It is heartfelt and very well made. I would watch this over and over.
Parent of a 10, 13, and 18+-year-old Written bysbuckley73 April 15, 2019

Good early teen movie

I believe this is a good early teen movie. The producer/director did a good job getting in what they could in an hour and 40 minutes. Extending this movie by... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydomhourigan October 22, 2018


this movie can be sensitive to people who have lost loved ones and that should be put into consideration before this movie is watched
Teen, 14 years old Written bynothingbutlily August 26, 2018

just fine

hand on heart, i really enjoyed this movie. it includes one very upsetting scene at the start, and then throughout the movie it pops up every now and again whil... Continue reading

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?

  • How is teen substance use portrayed in the film? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?

  • How does Kevin demonstrate perseverance? Why is that an important character strength?

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