It is a performances centric movie
I'll tell you why so serious
A brilliant film that helped define a genre
Miles is a 17 yr old looking desparately to get out of his small town. But his dad dies very early in the film, and there goes his college money. His odd ticket out, which doesnt seem to make much sense, is to get Men's volleyball scholarship to a school in Chicago. But, there's onl a girls volleyball time at his school, so he signs up for that. Then much of what follows is drama in a small town that takes its gir's volleyball very seriously.
A side drama is that being gay in a small town in 2000 , Mile's only chance for contact w/other gays is online chats. What i loved about this is that altho his small town didn't provide opportuniies for any gay friends, or bf's, being gay is just another trait of him not a defining one. There is no gay angst.
I really enjoyed the closeness and support from Mile's mother and several of the townfolk. The small town politics was spot on, very frustrating at times, but no disney villains here.
Lastly, I loved Tim Boardman as Miles. very young actor did a great job. Very steady performance. And he just lights up the screen with youthful optimisim as he looks for ways out of his small town, and starting life as he leaves the nest.
One caveat, there are alot of low user ratings i would disregard. It's like they saw a different movie, or possibly have some agenda that has no bearing on the quality of the movie.
5/4/18. While I enjoy watching sports-related movies and true stories, this one was only average. It's about a high school boy who wanted to get a sports scholarship to attend college. He wants to play volleyball, but the high school only has a girls team. So, he plays on the girls team and everyone gets hot and bothered about it. There's a side story about the teen being gay, but that doesn't explain anything that is going on. Mothers of some of the girls playing on the time thinks the boy has an unfair advantage. Whatever.
Being drawn here by the trailer about a gay kid fighting for his right to play volleyball (to get a scholarship) in a school where there's no boys team, it looked interesting. Sadly the reality of the movie is anything but interesting. Sure the concept is great but the execution leaves to be desired. I have no problem with all the side-stories that are just there and half of them even feel as to lengthen the movie. So the story starts with the introduction of the family in 1999. Standard things, mom and dad with a teenage gay son. The son spends most of his time in his room on his computer, chatting on AOL. Why we get to see all of those conversations, I have no clue. Some actually contribute to the movie but most of them have barely any added value. Perhaps they were just there to add to the gayness of the movie. I mean gay son, talking with an unknown gay friend in Chicago, inspiring said friend to come out of the closet and get a boyfriend all within a (few) month's time. So far all the gay issues. Which are just problem solution result in one go. So back to the main story. Father dies and leaves his family with no money cause he spent his kid's college fund on a car for his mistress. So introduction of the problem of the main story + introduction of side story of the mistress which leads to a few scenes of no value to fill in some time. Mom argues with said mistress' mother, mom nags about the affair of her dead husbands once or twice and pees on said car. Side story leading nowhere. Main story. Miles, the kid, looks for a scholarship to escape his small simple-minded town to Chicago. Add a counselor with only 2 possible scholarships (since baseball and football are off the table, only 2 remain? How likely?) so Miles tries out for the volleyball team but it's a girls team. He makes the cut, plays some games and protest arises. So far, so good. He losses his job cause people don't like him playing, teams forfeit cause they don't like him playing. (You can understand but still it's rather close-minded). So good job on getting all that wide-spread close-mindedness on tape. So a hearing follows and he's off the team. You actually feel sorry for the guy cause the actor is good-looking and the character is very likable. But so far close-minded people have won. They decide to fight back and snap... 4 months later, no clue what actually happened, Miles is graduating and going to a community college in Chicago where they have what he wants to study. WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED? HOW DID THEY DO IT? WHY WASN'T THIS AN OPTION FROM THE START? Basically you get problem, solution, bigger problem and jump to the end. So for being based on a real story, you are kinda missing half the story. Let alone the side-stories, half of which you won't remember since they lead nowhere. This movie was just one big disappointment. Something good to say about it? Well the actors do a nice job. The main character is likable and cute. Euhm... that's about it...Besides the story problems, please try to ignore the some times (thank god only some times) mechanical conversations. Good luck if you plan watching this one.
Small town boy wants to run off to the big city of Chicago and cooks up a scheme to play on the girl's volleyball team in order to secure a sports scholarship to Loyola. There's about 150 subplots, none of which are all that resolved, but that's the big one.It's not terrible; it's just pointless and bland. Every time you think it'll rise up and make some kind of statement... about life, about art, about sexuality, about anything at all... it just quietly ducks off and goes somewhere else. Molly Shannon (Mom) and Paul Reiser (School Superintendent) do what they can with what they're given, which really ain't much. You just have all these stories — the dead father's mistress, the Mom pretending to be a gay man and having an x-rated convo with a guy online (using AOL, since the film is set in 1999), the potentially lesbian volleyball coach, this, that, the other — and in the centre of it all is a manchild so terminally thin and boring that it wouldn't matter if he were gay or straight or nothing at all. His sexuality really doesn't mean anything in terms of the plot: it's a convenient character add-on no doubt to get this some visibility in LGBT film festivals. Toss in a couple of obligatory film montages — his team tryout, the team winning their games, Mom dancing around the kitchen — and the result is a treacley, tasteless movie that tries to have an inspiring message and comes across as a greeting card about personal courage.