Let me start out this review by stating that I have seen tons of sports films. Usually, the plot is totally predictable – a losing team finds someone with talent, the rest of the team is jealous, but they rise up anyways, make it to the state, do very badly by the first half of the game and then overcome by the end. And while some of this was the case with A Mile In His Shoes, this film was definitely a special one.
Inspired by a Thomas Kinkade painting, A Mile In His Shoes is a new favorite film of mine for several reasons. The main asset to the film is that the actors and actresses picked for the film were excellent! Dean Cain’s upbeat and outgoing personality as Murph opened the film very well, making the viewer feel comfortable with the plot. He meets Mickey (Luke Schroder, who, for his first acting job, did a superb job), a special autistic boy, and immediately falls in love with him. Murph’s losing baseball team loves Mickey as well, and makes him feel right at home, teaching him the ways of football, and how to be more social. He catches on quickly, until trouble brews and he is forced to restart. (I won’t spoil the plot here, but it’s definitely an exciting one!)
For those worried about family-friendliness, there isn’t much to worry about. I was very happy to see whole prayers, Bible-reading, as well as Christian counseling actively involved in the plot. Those things should be in more films, but they sadly are lacking, so it’s great to see films like this include it with no shame. There is use of one foul word halfway through the film, but other than that, the film is very clean and family-friendly. There is also one-semi violent partying scene, which I expected to show something objectionable, but it did not.
All in all, A Mile In His Shoes is an inspiring film of determination, faith, and success. It includes amazing actors, a riveting plot, and a terrific message of the power of friendship all in one film. A Mile in His Shoes is definitely a new favorite film of mine!
Running Time: 89 Minutes