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Moview Review: Saint Ralph: Two Thumbs Up (One from Rojo/One from Wejo)
September 27, 2005

It's rare for a running movie to come out (much less one directed by a sub 2:20 marathoner and winner of the Detroit Marathon, Michael McGowan), yet somehow we missed the main release of this movie last month into theaters (like most of you as well). We were sent an advance copy of the movie to watch and we put it in the VCR one day this summer with a bunch of runners at the house and everyone liked the movie. It's release got delayed and when it did come out for whatever reason (despite positive reviews) it did not get widespread circulation and we missed spreading the word. That does not mean the movie is not worth seeing.  

The movie is a cross between Malcolm in the Middle and Chariots of Fire. The basic plot of the movie is a ninth grade boy sets out to win the 1954 Boston Marathon in order to save the life of his terminally ill mother. The movie is a comedic coming of age film, a sports film, and a serious drama all in one.  Somehow the movie, despite being a bit quirky and predictable at times, manages to pull it off. It is without a doubt an inspirational film worth viewing.

We'll save the details on the plot, but point out that the film gets good reviews from the (few) people who have seen it. At amazon.com it gets 4.5 stars and one reviewer calls it, the "Clearly the best movie out this month (I've seen most of them)." It also averages 4 stars at efilmcritic.com from everyday viewers.

The professional film critics whose reviews are compiled here at RottenTomatoes.com as usual are a bit more harsh on the film, but 60% of them gave it positive reviews.  Most of them while pointing out why they expected to not like the movie while watching it, give it good reviews and say it succeeds.  It most certainly does.

But forget about what professional reviewers say about it,  when it comes to running, letsrun.com is the place to be and the letsrun.com viewers of the film like it. There are two message board threads on the film (here and here) One viewer gives a fair assessment of the film when he says, "Saw the film a few weeks ago and was mildly impressed. It has a quirky feel to it and is much more humorous than I anticipated. Slightly predictable, but still worth seeing."

The plot may be a bit predictable but the movie as a whole is very refreshing and much different than the normal, stale crap you get from the big studios nowadays. Get off your butt and see it.

Update: The Movie Is Now Available for Purchase as a DVD. Click here

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