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Some of the best feel-good movies come from real life sports stories, and the story of West High School's girls volleyball team, the Trojans, is a tale that fits that mold perfectly. With the team losing one of their star players to a tragic moped accident, their dreams of a second, record breaking championship were compromised. But, as you'll see in the trailer for The Miracle Season, the team dealt with their heartbreak in the best way they knew how: through playing the game they all love.
Starring Academy Award winners Helen Hunt and William Hurt, The Miracle Season focuses on the quest for that second championship, after a painful start. The team looks to get their spirits back, and a mantra helps them stay the course: "Live Like Line". Hunt plays the role of West High School Trojan's coach Kathy Bresnahan, while Hurt plays Ernie Found, the father of the young player who is killed. Both look to be pillars of the film's ensemble, as Hurt's Ernie looks to anchor the film's emotions, and Hunt's Kathy brings an air of leadership and dedication to the proceedings.
You may already be familiar with this story, as it was previously reported on HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. That said, the world at large has probably not heard the story of Caroline Found and the West High School Trojans. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the director charged with telling this tale of loss and the teamwork to overcome it was none other than Sean McNamara. Best known for his work directing the 2011 film Soul Surfer, McNamara knows his way around this sort of arc rather well, and judging by the material in the trailer he hasn't lost his touch.
he Miracle Season looks to be a properly timed entry for the spring season ahead. With an April release date, the film is positioned for a time of year where some schools might be entering their own volleyball season. And just short of two weeks into April, the Easter holiday will have passed, but audiences will more than likely still be searching for wholesome, family fare. But most importantly, if you're a sucker for underdog sports stories like Remember The Titans, or even the sort of similar When The Game Stands Tall, then this movie would speak to your interests no matter what.