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A Mile in His Shoes

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Inspirational baseball tale about an autistic pitcher.
  • Review Date: July 26, 2012
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

While not intended to educate, the film attempts to convey the realities of a man with Asperger's Syndrome.

Positive messages

Belief in yourself and those around you overcomes all obstacles. Those with autism are capable of living full, satisfying lives, and those around them should treat them with respect and compassion.

Positive role models

Coach Murph is patient with Mickey as he learns to be a successful pitcher with Asperger's Syndrome. While many of the players seem initially put off by Mickey's behavior as a result of his diagnosis, Pee Wee befriends him without judgment. Mickey is kind to everyone around him, and works hard to be a winning pitcher.

Violence & scariness

At an outdoor party, Mickey is attacked by two men in masks who threaten to break his arm. They beat him up and leave him lost and missing, wandering around the town in a confused state.

Sexy stuff

A girl who has been dating one of the players who is unfriendly to Mickey walks with him in a park. She asks Mickey if he's ever had a girlfriend and then kisses him.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

At an outdoor party at night in a park, characters are seen walking around drinking from plastic cups assumed to be filled with beer or another libation.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Mile in His Shoes is a Christian-themed baseball story about an autistic 18-year-old named Mickey who learns to be a winning pitcher in the minor leagues. The film goes to great lengths to show how Mickey perceives and comprehends the world around him, and on the whole, Mickey is presented with dignity and humanity. There is one minor instance where a player pulls a prank on Mickey, but the other players like Mickey for who he is and stand up for him. There is also a scene where Mickey is jumped by two men in masks in a park and punched in the face. Still, on the whole, A Mile in His Shoes is a wholesome baseball movie about compassion and understanding for those who are a little bit different from most.

What's the story?

Coach Murph (Dean Cain) is the manager of a minor league team in Ohio that has yet to win a game this season. When the owner sends Murph to Indiana to scout a pitcher, his car ends up in a ditch. When he gets out, he makes the acquaintance of Mickey Tussler (Luke Schroder), a boy living on a nearby farm who has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. When Murph arrives at the farm to call AAA, he sees Mickey throw apples at a washtub, and believes that with the right training, Mickey has the abilities to be a great pitcher. He convinces Mickey's strict and skeptical parents to let him take Mickey back to Ohio with him, where Murph must be patient and understanding as he learns to understand Asperger's Syndrome and the myriad ways it affects Mickey. The players must do the same, and as Mickey starts to pitch and win, one of the players, a pitcher named Lefty, concocts a scheme to try and get Mickey off the team and sent back to the farm.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The film succeeds, even though the filmmakers had to stretch the story sometimes to make it work. One instance was having the rival manager bail the antagonist out of jail so he can pitch against his former team in the inevitable climactic championship game. A MILE IN HIS SHOES is a Thomas Kinkade (the "Painter of Light") production, and is clearly striving to be a wholesome baseball movie that encourages compassion and understanding toward the character with Asperger's Syndrome. Characters generally treat Mickey (the pitcher with Asperger's) with a great deal of patience and understanding and consider him a friend and teammate. The acting is above average for productions like these, and is not the heavyhanded production some might expect, even with the occasional Christian and biblical themes and references.

As the title implies, the movie goes to great lengths to make the viewer empathetic to Mickey's perceptions and understandings of the world around him. Flashbacks and internal point-of-view go far to help people to understand Mickey and Asperger's. Even though the climax is fairly predictable, it is this sense of empathy that has viewers rooting for Mickey and the team who brought him into the fold without judgment or scorn.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this is similar to and different than other sports movies. What are some standard conventions that often appear in sports movies like these?

  • How accurately does this film reflect the realities of someone with Asperger's Syndrome? How are people with disabilities or who are "different" usually treated in TV and movies?

Movie details

DVD release date:January 10, 2012
Cast:Dean Cain, George Canyon, Luke Schroder
Director:William Dear
Studio:Vivendi
Genre:Drama
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild thematic elements

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Kid, 10 years old January 19, 2014

mile in his shoes

What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Adult Written byMamitadeTian November 6, 2012

A positive message about Asperger's Syndrome

I like how this movie addresses Mickey's Asperger's, but also portrays him as a natural part of the team and the world. I want my children to receive this kind of message in a normalized, understated way, and I love that a movie can be one way to do it. Another positive message is one that comes from the coach, who puts the player before the game. On the other hand, having the person who instigated a physical attack by two faceless characters on Mickey be able to come back and play for the other team may create more tension and excitement, but it is also confusing, plot-wise, and morally. The attack scene is the only violent one in the movie, lasts only a few moments (and, given what's out there, is relatively benign). This was a decent movie and a fun time, not only for my sports fan, but for the kid who just wants a compelling story!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written byTrinaBambina April 17, 2013

A Mile In His Shoes - Great family movie with a good message

I just watched this movie with my kids (7, 8 and 11) and we really enjoyed it. There were times when I grabbed the remote, because I was not sure how a scene was going to be handled, but the film makers did a great job of telling the story without rubbing your face in the hard parts. Highly recommend this movie!
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