A Mile In His Shoes

A Mile In His Shoes, from the directors of Angels in the Outfield, is a heartwarming tale of a  young man with Asperger's who is given the chance to "do" something with his life.

Mickey Tussler (Luke Schroder) is a farm boy who helps his dad with feeding the animals, takes care of his pig Oscar and practices throwing apples.  His parents, especially his father, are very protective of him.

Coach Authur "Murph" Murphy (Dean Cain) was sent to find a promising new pitcher for his semi-pro baseball team when his car runs off the road and gets stuck.  While trying to get a signal on his cell phone, Murph meets Oscar the pig and then Mickey.  Mickey isn't supposed to talk to strangers, but Murph convinces him that he is a friend and Mickey takes Murph to his house to use the phone.  While Murph is on the phone with AAA, he notices out the window that Mickey, who is throwing apples to the pigs, has a great pitching arm.  Once back on the road, Murph finds out that the pitcher he came to scout for is no longer available, but he believes that God has already opened another door.

I watched this with my 4 younger children (ages 14, 11, 9, & 5) and we all enjoyed it!!  It's a good story with lots of heart.  There was one "bad word" (bullsh*t) and I was surprised by that.  Fortunately, my youngest made a noise about the time it was said (it's when they notice some paint on the catcher's glove and the glove gets taken from him).  Anyhow, other than that and one scene of violence (not much is actually scene, but it is alluded to) it was a GREAT movie... very wholesome.  I love that it showed a little about Asperger's (and autism)... I wish it had explained it a little more, but as it was, it opened an opportunity for me to talk to my children about both Asperger's and Autism.

I would definitely recommend A Mile In His Shoes to my friends, especially those who like baseball/sports whether they are Christians or not.  It has more of an underlying Christianity rather than an in-your-face Christianity, so it'l a lot less likely to offend someone (if you care about that).   Here's a trailer, check it out for yourself!!

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