A SMILE AS BIG AS THE MOON
Overcoming Special Challenges
Release Date: January 29, 2012
Starring: John Corbett, Jessy Schram,
Cynthia Watros, Logan Huffman,
David Lambert, Bruce McKinnon,
Abigail Corrigan, Jimmy
Bellinger, Louise Linton
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 100 minutes approximately
Distributor: Hallmark Hall of Fame
Director: James Steven Sadwith
Executive Producer: Dan Paulson, Brent Shields
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
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.
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.