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A Sentimental Blob With a Gooey Inspirational Center--Another Well Made Underdog Story You'll Love,
This review is from: Saint Ralph (DVD)
Inspirational. Uplifting. Another tale of an underdog attempting to work a miracle (although this time, it's a real miracle).
This is the type of movie it's hard to criticize. If you objectively call out these feel good films, you either appear heartless or emotionless. But nothing gives me greater satisfaction than when a movie moves me, touches me, or otherwise engages me in strong feeling. I just want this feeling to be developed naturally through a great story or characters I come to value. What I usually get, however, is contrivance and/or emotional manipulation.
"Saint Ralph" is a pleasant movie, it's all perfectly fine. It's sweet and sentimental--heck, it's about a kid who wants to rouse his mother from a coma. So he thinks if he can perform a miracle, that will awaken her--he's been told that's what she needs. He starts running track at school and soon becomes convinced that his miracle could be winning the Boston Marathon. How's that for a leap of faith! And we're off with a plot so cute, so precious--who could deny it's appeal.
Along the way he'll get help from a coach--a progressive priest who is wise where others are shallow. Played by Campbell Scott, it's a nice performance from a reliable actor. Of course, Ralph's determination will have a great affect on those who surround him. His belief and conviction will naturally strengthen everyone's faith. Maybe miracles really do happen!
I'll leave the running of the race to your imagination. It's done as you'd expect--there's drama, music, cheers--all the requisite components for just such an underdog story. The actors are good and the film is well made. Ultimately it's harmless. Nothing I can say will or should deter those who will love this story--it's the safest, most overused cliche in the book--and no doubt the tears will roll. Then you'll read this review with hostility and wonder what's wrong with me--and that's OK. KGHarris, 10/06.