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The Miracle Season | 2018 | PG | - 2.3.3

Based on the true story of the Iowa City West High School women's volleyball team and their 2011 season that started with the death of their captain and star setter. All the members of the team and the coach and the young woman's father struggle to come to terms with their grief and find a way to best channel their emotions. With Helen Hunt, Tiera Skovbye, Erin Moriarty, Danika Yarosh, Jason Gray-Stanford, William Hurt, Burkely Duffield, Rebecca Staab, Nesta Cooper, Natalie Sharp and Lillian Doucet-Roche. Directed by Sean McNamara. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A husband and his wife hug in a hospital bed while watching a video where they kiss and their children in the video complain; the couple in the bed kiss and hold each other. A teen boy and a teen girl kiss in a few scenes.
 Two teenage girls act flirtatiously with a teen boy and invite him to a party. A teen girl teases her father about having a date with her mother and whether or not he is going to get lucky or not.
 Teen girls are shown wearing volleyball shorts that are very short and form fitting and reveal bare legs to the hips in many scenes throughout the movie. Teen girls wear low-cut dresses and sleeveless tops that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders at a party.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two police officers tell a man at his front door that there has been an accident involving his teenage daughter and that she died; the man collapses into the officers' arms. A man stumbles and seems to feel faint after he sees a teenage girl that he thinks is his now deceased daughter.
 A teen girl chases a volleyball during a game and crashes into chairs on the sidelines scratching her leg (we see some blood).
 A woman yells at and chases a moving truck as they pull away from her home; they do not stop. A man says, "God hasn't shown up for me lately," after his daughter and wife both die. Several teen girls complain about one of their teammates not being very good. A coach yells at a line judge during a game and is threatened with a yellow card.
 A coach pushes teen volleyball players hard during a practice and they are punished by having to run "ladders" repeatedly. A teen has wide open eyes drawn on the palms of her hands as an intimidation trick during a volleyball game.
 We see many people gathered and grieving at a wake for a teenage girl. We see flowers, candles and signs collected around a tree where we understand that a teen girl died when she crashed her moped.
 A woman tells her teen daughter that she is not likely to make it through the volleyball season (she is in the hospital and very ill, by we do not hear with what).
 A teen girl shoves a large pizza slice into her mouth after betting that she could fit two pieces in her mouth at once; we see her spitting out what is in her mouth later and hear it hit the bottom of a trash can.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (grossest, twin towers, weird, stupid, son of a gun), exclamations (shut-up, garsh sakes, are you blind, one heck of a player), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, My God, Oh God, God hasn't shown up for me lately).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman drink from bottles of beer at a dinner table, and a woman drinks from a bottle of beer on her front stoop.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Leadership, competition, winning, adventures, generosity, fearlessness, luck, disappointment, winning, losing, guilt, grief, anger, pressure to succeed.

MESSAGE - Working hard toward a goal for the right reasons makes reaching the goal even sweeter.

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