THE FINAL SEASON
Celebrating Small Town Community Values in America
Starring: Sean Astin, Powers Boothe,
Michael Angarano, Rachel Leigh
Cook, Tom Arnold, James
Gammon, Larry Miller, Marshall
Bell, Brett Claywell, Danielle
Savre, Nick Livingston, Roscoe
Myrick, and Angela Paton
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 113 minutes
Distributor: Yari Film Group Releasing
Director: David Mickey Evans
Executive Producer: Sean Astin and Carl Borack
Producer: Michael Wasserman, Steven
Schott, Tony Wilson, D. Parker
Wildemire, Jr., and Herschel
Writer: Art D’Alessandro and James
Address Comments To:Bob Yari, Chairman
Yari Film Group
10850 Wilshire Blvd., South
Beverly Hills, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 689-1450
Fax: (310) 234-8975
In 1990, a young volleyball coach from another town, Kent Stock (played by Sean Astin), gets to be assistant coach for the Tigers’ legendary coach, Jim Van Scoyoc (played by Powers Boothe). By 1990, the coach had led the Tigers to 11 of their 18 state trophies. That year, Kent is able to see first-hand just how Coach Van Scoyoc and the whole town have been able to keep the school’s championship spirit alive year after year. And, the Norway team goes all the way to win its 19th championship in 22 years.
One year was all that Kent had planned to give before moving to St. Louis. But, the next year, the mean school board president, supported by the state, pushes through a plan for the Norway school district to merge with the Madison, Iowa school district. Small towns in Iowa were struggling those days, and merging school districts is the only way to keep the public schools financially afloat (or so “they” say).
The Tigers coach leads the town in opposition to this plan, but they don’t have enough votes on the school board. In retaliation, the school board president forces the coach to give up coaching the baseball team in its final season in 1991. He thinks Kent will make the perfect patsy to lead the team to disaster, so he hires Kent to replace Coach Van Scoyoc.
At first, the president’s plan works like a charm, and the team struggles at the beginning of the season. In fact, the team’s supporters in Norway are so dejected that they have no confidence anymore in the team or themselves. Slowly but surely, however, Kent rallies his players and the town. Then, faced with seemingly insurmountable odds playing against two of the biggest, hottest school teams in Iowa baseball that year, Kent must rely on the team’s renewed faith and confidence. “Ask yourself one question,” he says to them. “How do you want to be remembered?”
THE FINAL SEASON is a rousing sports drama that captures the heart and spirit of American baseball and America’s small town community values. Sean Astin, Powers Boothe and the rest of the cast are excellent. The only rough spot, quality wise, is spending too much time on too many sub-plots. This dilutes the focus on Sean Astin’s character and his relationship with the players as they try to follow in the footsteps of Coach Van Scoyoc and the previous Norway High School teams. Though rated PG, the movie also has too many mostly light obscenities. There is also a reference to marijuana when a troubled teenager from Chicago asks another teen about getting some pot. The other boy harshly rebukes him, but this reference and the foul language rate a caution for children, especially younger ones, from MOVIEGUIDE®.
That said, the movie is an inspiring, morally uplifting story about courage, faith, determination, teamwork, and small-town virtues. It will cheer moviegoers on many different levels.
THE FINAL SEASON is a rousing sports drama that captures the heart of American baseball and America’s small town community values. Sean Astin, Powers Boothe and the actors are excellent. The only rough spots are too many sub-plots, some foul language and a reference to pursuing some marijuana, which is rebuked. Thus, THE FINAL SEASON rates a caution for children, especially younger ones, from MOVIEGUIDE®. That said, the movie is an inspiring uplifting story about courage, faith, determination, teamwork, and small-town virtues. It will cheer moviegoers on many different levels.