Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.
|Release Date||:||September 4, 2014|
|Production Company||:||Informant Media, Informant Films|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Casts||:||Dustin Hoffman, Kevin McHale, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger, Kathy Bates, Garrett Wareing, Joe West, River Alexander, Sam Poon, Dante Soriano, Erica Piccininni, Grant Venable, Janine DiVita, Tijuana Ricks, Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Mackenzie Wareing, Evelyn Manchester, Joseph Cardoso, Sejal Shah, Jordan Fargo, Eddie Izzard, Paul Jude Letersky, Richard Arthur Scola, Leigh Ann Taylor|
|Plot Keywords||:||talent, music, school, singing, orphan|
OK, I get it. This is a feel good movie. The cinematic equivalent of smooth jazz. Something I can handle about once a year with the kiddies. But did the script have to be so agonizingly predictable? The outcome was obvious about five minutes in. For the balance of the film, I found myself waiting somewhat impatiently for the next bit of choral music, which WAS wonderful.
Also perplexing was the films message or messages. The feel good genre generally delivers up a platitude or two anyone can easily latch on to. The messages here seemed to be, very loosely, only those who become "the best" can expect to receive the love of family and acceptance within their institution of choice. Didn't work for me.