A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON

Overcoming Special Challenges

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Release Date: January 29, 2012

Starring: John Corbett, Jessy Schram, Cynthia Watros, Logan Huffman, David Lambert, Bruce McKinnon, Abigail Corrigan, Jimmy Bellinger, Louise Linton

Genre: FAMILY

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: TV-G

Runtime: 100 minutes approximately

Distributor: Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions

Director: James Steven Sadwith

Executive Producer: Dan Paulson, Brent Shields

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Writer: Thomas Rickman

Address Comments To:

Brad Moore, President
Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
12001 Ventura Place, Suite 300
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone: (818) 505-9191; Fax: (818) 505-9842

Content:

(BBB, C, L, V, S, M) Very strong moral worldview extolling love and family; one profanity, one obscenity, some light scatological humor; pushing and fighting and teasing of the special education students; no sexual content but kissing between married couple; upper male nudity; no smoking, no drug use; and, teasing but rebuked.

Summary:

A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON is a heartwarming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about a special education teacher with a big heart and big dreams for his class to go to Space Camp. Not only is A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON morally uplifting and inspiring, it’s also very entertaining and fun. It airs Sunday, Jan. 29 on TV.

Review:

A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON is a heartwarming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about a special education teacher with a big heart and big dreams for his class. It has a sweet depiction of love with a strong moral worldview and an entertaining plot line.

John Corbett (PARENTHOOD on TV, RAISE YOUR VOICE, and MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING) plays Mike Kersjes, a high school special education teacher and football coach. After many years of teaching children with severe disabilities, everything from Asperger’s to mental retardation, Mike is a little tired, but knows the one thing the children need is to be treated with tough love. Knowing you can’t let the students push you around, Mike pushes them to learn and strive for goals.

This time, the goal is getting to Space Camp. All the children want to be part of this, but there are many hurdles to be faced before they can go. It also doesn’t help that the students go to the planetarium and create some mess, leading the principal to ban them from field trips.

Mike knows, however, that the going to Space Camp would be great for the students. He believes in them so much that he tries to bring the case up to the principal, but the man will have none of it. That still doesn’t stop Mike. He goes to the Board of Directors of the school and convinces them to allow the students to go. Eventually, eventually everyone lines up and says yes.

With still more big hurdles to get over, Mike must convince Space Camp to admit his students, but they have never had children with disabilities at the camp and will not change the curriculum. However, Mike convinces Col. Weschler, the head of Space Camp, that the students can learn and study to prepare for camp, so the class is allowed.

Now, however, Mike has to raise $20,000 for the class to go to the camp, along with preparing them by studying for a year in advance. Can the students learn the rigorous curriculum to stand against the brilliant students at camp? Will they raise the funds?

A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON is a movie with a huge heart, showing poignant scenes about overcoming all odds. John Corbertt does a great job fighting for the rights of the special education students, believing in them, and helping them achieve their greatest goals. With a strong moral worldview showing how to love, A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON is a movie the whole family can watch.

Not only is A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON morally commendable, it’s also entertaining and fun. The plot points are clear and the audience will believe in the purpose of the students going to camp.

The program airs Sunday, Jan. 29 on TV. Please check your local listings.

In Brief:

A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON is a heartwarming Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about a special education teacher with a big heart and big dreams for his class. Mike Kersjes wants to take his special education class to Space Camp. Mike and the class have to overcome a series of major obstacles, however, including the school principal, but the hardest may be raising $20,000 to pay for the trip and preparing the students a year in advance. With Mike believing in his students, the class works hard to become the first ever special education class to go to Space Camp.

A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON is a movie with a huge heart. There are many poignant scenes about overcoming all odds. John Corbertt does a great job fighting for the rights of the special education students, believing in them, and helping them achieve their greatest goals. Showing a moral worldview about how to love, A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON is an uplifting, entertaining movie with a strong moral, inspiring worldview. It’s a movie the whole family can enjoy. It airs Sunday, Jan. 29 on TV.