3.5/10 Based on an inspiring true story of a 15-year-old autistic boy who ran a marathon, “Tyson’s Run” has its heart in the right place and the fact that this is a true story is impressive, but the film making, direction and screenplay really sink the movie. While not directly a Christian movie per say, the movie does have spiritual/faith related aspects to it and in the case of most faith based films, this ends up rather cheesy with no A-list talent involved. This is a wholesome movie that families can watch together and if you have kids, you can not only use this movie as an example to teach your kids about other kids with special needs like autism and also inspire them to go after their dreams, even if they have any kind of disability that society might look down on. While the moral messaging of the movie is strong, there are solid emotional moments and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) gives the best performance in the entire movie. Major Dodson, who plays Tyson, is actually on the autism spectrum in real life, making his performance authentic and impressive. Unfortunately, that is where the positives end. The movie is incredibly cheesy, has vanilla direction, a forgettable score, some awkward lines, ridiculous moments and one dimensional characters. Tyson’s father Bobby Hollerman (played by Rory Cochrane) has the personality and facial expressions of a mannequin and the entire time I watched the movie I couldn’t help but wonder why Tyson’s mother Eloise (Amy Smart) married such an emo bummer of a man in the first place. The town’s Mayor is also over the top in being an out of touch jerk, adding to the overall cheesiness. Luckily at a little over an hour and a half, the movie at least jogs by at a decent pace. Since the movie is low budget, it probably won’t have to earn a ton of money to become profitable and was released as counter programming against “The Batman” for families to enjoy. In that regard, it will succeed for families showing their children a clean cut movie to teach some good moral lessons, especially since children don’t critique films like I do. That being said, even if your kids can get something out of this, it doesn’t make up for adults having to roll their eyes for the duration of the running time with the poorly written, cheesy script and some underwhelming performances from supporting characters. Don’t feel the need to run to theaters to watch this, as families can wait for it to come to a streaming platform in the future.

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