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The Final Season
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Directed By
David M. Evans

Written By:
Art D'Alessandro, James Grayford

Cast:
Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, Rachael Leigh Cook, Michael Angarano, Tom Arnold, Mackenzie Astin, Marshall Bell, Dayton Callie, Michael Cornelison, Eddie Driscoll, James Gammon, Lucinda Jenney, Larry Miller, Angela Paton, Danielle Savre, Jesse Henecke, Holly Bonelli, Brett Claywell, Jim Brockhohn, Kim Grimaldi, James Serpento, Matthew W. Allen, Parisse Boothe, Jill Brockhohn, Jimmy Brockhohn, David Davis, Nick Livingston, Roscoe Myrick, Lindsey Pena, Alexander Roos, James Serpento, Mark Yuhasz

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The Final Season (2007)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
October 17th, 2007

'The Final Season' is a cliché-ridden mess. I am starting to dread every new sports drama that comes out, precisely because they are all the same, so formulaic and predictable, they no longer inspire or entertain. 'The Final Season' at least focuses on baseball, high school baseball at that, and basketball and football have been the recent favorites of the genre, so this is somewhat refreshing. Now, I would compare 'The Final Season' to Hoosiers, which I think it tries to emulate somewhat, but that would be an insult to a great film, and I am referring to Hoosiers if you didn't know. Sean Astin has made millions playing Frodo's sidekick in Lord of the Rings, but some may know him from Rudy, that movie about the working-class kid who wanted to play football at Notre Dame.

Well, here, he is Kent Stock, who becomes the coach of the Norway Tigers. Norway is a town in Iowa, where baseball is everything. Businesses even shut down for games. Stock first works as the assistant to iconic Tigers coach Jim Van Scoyoc (Boothe), who is fired after he voices his opposition to a merger between Norway and another high school called Madison. This would mean the Norway teams would all be dissolved, or something like that. Stock replaces Stoyoc, and tries to lead the Tigers to one last victory. Yeah, I am getting teary-eyed just writing it. He encounters hostility from the star player, Mitch (Michael Angarano), but they work through these problems, and every other problem. Tom Arnold is Mitch's dad, and surprisingly, he may give the film's best performance, and that should attest to the overall quality. Astin is boring, but Boothe is quite good, but we see more of Astin than him, so it doesn't really matter. Astin tries so hard to get us involved, but fails.

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