MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: +1

Miracle is the dramatic true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey teams rise from obscurity. In 1979, Coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) was selected to coach Team USA in the 1980 Olympic Games at Lake Placid, NY. He was the last player to be cut from the U.S. Hockey Team before it won its last gold metal in 1960. The Soviet team dominated the sport of hockey in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976. This movie brings to vibrant life the passion, ingenuity, tenacity, discipline and determination that Coach Brooks, a man of few words or visible emotion, passes on to his squad of college kids. Miracle will inspire and motivate its audience, young or old, hockey fans or not. Much of this movie is about the inner struggle and team dynamics that produced the miracle win by the U.S. over the Soviets. This cold war will warm your heart.

Herb Brooks has a clear vision and the insight to bring it to pass. He is nobodys buddy, but he cares deeply for others and is fiercely loyal. While there are times of tension on the team and between him and his wife, he takes care of both and demonstrates that he is the leader whom they can trust. Some colorful language is used to emphasize the tension of the moment, and violence remains on the ice in the context of competition. While members of the hockey team drink beer, no one gets drunk or acts irresponsibly under the influence of alcohol. Two players ogle young women in the stands, but the coach thwarts their efforts to set up a date with them. Coach Brooks and his wife are powerful examples of committed love as they talk through their problems and do whatever it takes to preserve their relationship. This movie is a reminder that the unbelievable can happen when people believe in the cause and work hard to make it a reality.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many times (27) mild (hell 19, damn 3); moderate (bastard 1); strong (ass 4)

Obscene Language: Several (6) times moderate (crap 2, screw 2, hump 1, an instance of innuendo on a sign that reads get the puck out of Afghanistan)

Profanity: Once moderate (G 1)

Violence: Several times mild (arguing between players and coach, shoving and scuffling between hockey players on the ice); moderate (one player forcefully knocks a team mate to the ice and causes a bloody nose)

Sex: Once mild (kissing and hugging between devoted husband and wife)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (reference to a dog humping a football, players notice two girls in the stands that they want to date)

Drugs: Few times mild (beer bottles evident at meals and team festivities)

Other: Appropriate use of Oh my God twice as expression of concern/prayer to God over an event witnessed on television; many positive and motivational comments by the coach to his team; a positive portrayal of a healthy relationship between husband and wife

Running Time: 145 minutes
Intended Audience: Older children through adults

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