A Mile in His Shoes

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Inspirational baseball tale about an autistic pitcher.
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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
Consumerism
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 wa... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 19, 2014
Kid, 12 years old May 18, 2016

Best baseball drama i have ever seen.

This is by far the most inspirational movie i have ever seen. If you are into insparational sports movie this is the movie for you.

What's the story?

In A MILE IN HIS SHOES, 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?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how A Mile in His Shoes 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?

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