The Final Season (2007)



Critic Consensus: The Final Season recycles clichés we've seen in countless other sports movies, making for an unoriginal and uninspiring addition to the genre.

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In the small town of Norway, IA, everyone comes together for high school baseball. But, life throws curve balls, and the passionate young players, rookie coach Kent Stock and the hometown fans find that life's greatest challenges strike off the diamond. "The Final Season" is the true story of a coach who inspired his team and brought hope to a town when they needed it most.
PG (for language, thematic elements and some teen smoking)
Art House & International , Drama
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Sean Astin
as Kent Stock
Powers Boothe
as Coach Jim Van Scoyoc
Rachael Leigh Cook
as Polly Hudson
James Gammon
as Jacob Akers
Larry Miller
as Roger Dempsey
Marshall Bell
as Harvey Makepeace
Tom Arnold
as Burt Akers
Michael Angarano
as Mitch Akers
Angela Paton
as Anne Akers
Lucinda Jenney
as Sheryl Van Scoyoc
Danielle Savre
as Cindy Iverson
Parisse Boothe
as Jean Marie
Brett Claywell
as Patrick Iverson
Nick Livingston
as Kevin Stewart
Dayton Callie
as Mr. Stewart
Roscoe Myrick
as Sammy Wilson
Mackenzie Astin
as Chip Dolan
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Critic Reviews for The Final Season

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

An exciting family picture, worthy of viewing, if only for the warm-fuzzy feeling.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Stereotypes are meant to exalt small-town values, but The Final Season is proof that it's hard to paint masterpiece in broad strokes.

October 12, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Perhaps if Disney had gotten their hands on it, The Final Season would have gotten the spitball polish it needs.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

For once, here's a sports movie that doesn't feature players who are expected to lose.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Belying the claim there's no longer any truth in advertising, The Final Season is exactly the formulaic, by-the-numbers movie it appears to be. These Tigers deserved better.

October 12, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Final Season


Michael Angarano, Sean Astin, Tom Arnold, Powers Booth, Brett Claywell, Nick livingston, Roscoe Myrick, Alexander Roos, James Gammon, Rachel Leigh Cook, Larry Miller DIRECTED BY: David M. Evans Tradition in Norway, IA (pop. 586), can be summed up in one word, Baseball. From father to son, generation to generation, this high school David exists to defeat Goliaths 10 times its size. As Coach Jim Van Scoyoc leads the team to its 19th State title, it seems following it with a 20th is a forgone conclusion. The unexpected strikes when bureaucracy intercedes merging the town with another. Petty jealousies and political designs conspire to rob Norway of its heritage and a 20th Championship. Making matters worse, legendary coach Van Scoyoc is fired and replaced with a one-season assistant coach, Kent Stock--a move that seems to guarantee the team's failure. I guess you can say I am a sucker for these types of films. Use to watch baseball and listen to it on the radio with my dad. Never cared to much for the sport. But yet I can watch a movie about it..:) I am a football kinda Anyways, I liked this movie a lot. It's a good (and true) story. Love the small town flicks since I'm from one. They are your all American kind of movies.. But this had some good acting, good story, and was all in all a good feel kinda flick. Definitely worth the rent.


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Overall, it's a good film. The performances by Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, and Michael Angarano stand out in this film. It kind of reminded me of the Dennis Quaid film The Rookie. The negative, the pacing of this film is off. The film could have been 20 or 30 minutes shorter.

Sol C
Sol C

Super Reviewer


This is the best thing I saw on the plane and it was terrible at best. At least it's good to know that Powers Booth is still alive.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

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