The Final Season

The Final Season
The Final Season
  • PG
  • 1h 59m
  • 2008
Rotten24%
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From the director of The Sandlot comes the true story of an underdog coach and the team that must defend their legacy against insurmountable odds. In the small town of Norway, Iowa, the high school baseball team, led by legendary Coach Jim Van Scoyoc (Powers Boothe, TV's "Deadwood"), has won 19 State Championships. But the small town heroes are dealt a series of unexpected blows that threaten to rob them of their 20th championship win. When talk of a school merger gets serious and Coach Scoyoc is fired, then replaced by his 24-year-old assistant, Kent Stock (Sean Astin, Rudy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy), failure seems inevitable. Tom Arnold, Rachael Leigh Cook and Michael Angarano join an excellent ensemble cast in this inspirational family gem.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten24%
Critics Consensus: The Final Season recycles clichés we've seen in countless other sports movies, making for an unoriginal and uninspiring addition to the genre.
Reviews
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jennifer Preyss
Fresh

An exciting family picture, worthy of viewing, if only for the warm-fuzzy feeling.

June 21, 2017
AV Club
Scott Tobias
Rotten

Stereotypes are meant to exalt small-town values, but The Final Season is proof that it's hard to...

March 3, 2019
Seattle Times
Ted Fry
Rotten

Perhaps if Disney had gotten their hands on it, The Final Season would have gotten the spitball po...

June 21, 2017
Miami Herald
Rene Rodriguez
Rotten

Belying the claim there's no longer any truth in advertising, The Final Season is exactly the form...

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Heartwarming but trite drama for baseball fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Final Season has some inappropriate content for the movie's target market -- 8-10-year-olds. One of the movie's central characters, high school student Mitch, acts out because of his mother's recent death. He smokes cigarettes, tries to get some pot, and steals his grandfather's truck. But baseball eventually helps set him back on the right path. There are some intense moments when the team's bus goes off the road in an accident, kids get injured by baseballs, and there's some fighting among the boys. Language includes some fairly strong terms, including "s--t."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:April 15, 2008
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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