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Film / Miracle Run

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Miracle Run is a 2004 Lifetime movie written by Mike Maples and directed by Gregg Champion. It focuses on Corrine Morgan (Mary-Louise Parker), a single mother who finds out that her twin sons Steven (Jake Cherry) and Phillip (Jeremy Shada) are autistic. She works with a therapist to teach them language and social skills, and over the years the brothers flourish. As they enter high school, Steven (now played by Zac Efron) develops a passion for athletics, while Phillip (Bubba Lewis) discovers a musical gift.

Miracle Run contains examples of:

  • 555: Surprisingly averted with the babysitters Corrine try to hire, who have what look like real phone numbers, but played straight in other scenes.
  • Abuse Mistake: The twins' teacher initially thinks their autistic behaviors are symptoms of abuse.
  • Air Guitar: Corrine's Love Interest, Douglas Thomas (Aidan Quinn), plays air guitar on a shovel.
  • The Big Race: Steven participates in one at the end of the movie.
  • Blanket Fort: Corrine creates one under the table to calm the boys down after the power shuts off because she forgot to pay the electricity bill.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Steven says of a girl who smiled at him, "Maybe she'll be my girlfriend!" A bully repeats "Maybe she'll be my girlfriend," mimicking Steven's way of talking, then shoves him into Phillip.
  • Desk Sweep of Rage: When Philip beats a boy named Ward at chess, Ward angrily knocks all the pieces off the board.
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  • Disappeared Dad: Two examples: Corrine's live-in boyfriend, who breaks up with her after her sons are diagnosed with autism, and the boys' biological father, who isn't even mentioned.
  • Hates Being Nicknamed: When Corrine calls Steven "sweetheart," he says, "Can you please not call me that? I'm a teenager, you know."
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Steven walks in on Corrine and Douglas while they're kissing in bed. She reminds him to knock.
  • Overworked Sleep: Corrine falls asleep at the table while writing a letter about the boys' educational rights.
  • Parental Substitute: Corrine's boyfriend at the beginning of the movie, and Douglas later on.
  • Picky Eater: As a kid, Phillip won't eat grapes unless they've been completely peeled. As a teenager, Steven doesn't want to eat shrimp because it reminds him of bugs.
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  • Potty Failure: Early in the movie, Steven wets himself in a grocery store.
  • Raw Eggs Make You Stronger: Phillip tries to drink raw eggs like his hero Rocky, only to immediately vomit them up.
  • The Speechless: At the beginning of the movie, Steven is nonverbal and Phillip is echolalic.
  • Taking the Kids: After she breaks up with her boyfriend, Corrine moves to a motel with the boys.
  • Taught by Television: At one point the brothers are sent to the principal's office for punching two bullies who were picking on a girl Steven likes. When the principal asks where they learned to punch like that, they chorus, "Rocky III!"
  • Time Skip: The first thirty-five minutes follow Steven and Phillip as young children. The rest of the movie is about their time as high school freshmen.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The very end of the movie tells us that the family is living in southern California and that the brothers are hoping to win full scholarships.


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