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The Final Season

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Mickey Evans

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About the Movie

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 Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 50
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 4.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There's not quite as much corn in The Final Season as there is in the Iowa farm fields that run through it, but it's close. – John Anderson, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Poor writing, an indifferent production and sincere but often wooden acting make Season one big strikeout. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The film's climactic baseball game does crackle with nail-biting energy, but the 90-minute lead-up is full of hokey sentiment and unearned gushiness. – Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune, Mar 28, 2008

Rotten: Why is it enjoyable to watch sporting events depicted when we know how the games will end -- how they have to end? Where does the tension come from? Why do we care when we know already? – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 13, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Really Good!

This movie is what inspirational sports movies are supposed to be about!

Great Movie

This is an excellent movie. While it was on a small budget, it produced an epic film. This is a great movie that is very inspiring. It is like Hoosiers meets Friday Night Lights. Definately worth the buy!

Iowa Pride

This movie was a wonderful way to show off the true Iowa Pride. Baseball and Norway, Iowa DO really go hand in hand. I had a great time being an extra in the film and my brother-in-law was on the original team. We loved the tribute.