Going to the Mat

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Jace Newfield has a problem. Besides being blind and being the new kid at school, his problem is that the kids at his new school thinks he's a jerk. Jace has to find a way to be accepted into his new school. Joining the wrestling team just might work.

Cast

Alessandra Toreson
as Mary Beth Rice
Andrew Lawrence
as Jace Newfield
D.B. Sweeney
as Coach Rice
Khleo Thomas
as Vincent Fly Shue
Wayne Brady
as Mason Wyatt
Billy Aaron Brown
as John Lambrix
Brenda Strong
as Patty Newfield
Brian Wimmer
as Tom Newfield
Christopher Miller
as Phil Pavone
David Morales
as Kevin Wilson
Tim Whitaker
as Boomer Cleason
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Critic Reviews for Going to the Mat

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (3)

  • It may be as subtle as an after-school special, but... "Going to the Mat," about a blind teenager who wrestles his way to acceptance and self-discovery, is above average, enjoyable family fare.

    Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Although a bit heavy on the slo-mo sports sequence, [Stuart] Gillard otherwise nicely balances action with drama, touching on universal teen themes of alienation and the undo pressures of high school sports.

    Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

    Laura Fries

    Variety
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  • "Going to the Mat" is actually pretty predictable. You aren't expecting something other than a happy ending from a Disney Channel movie, are you?

    Sep 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Going to the Mat

  • Aug 01, 2010
    <b>John Lambrix:</b> <font size="1">(Before Jace's match with T-Rex Turner)</font> <i>How you feelin'?</i> <b>Jace:</b> <i>Like a dinosaur snack.</i> <b>Plot:</b> Going to the Mate, a Disney Channel Original Movie, stars Andrew Lawrence as Jason "Jace" Newfield, a blind popular New York City teenager who plays drums in the band and playing baseball with his friends. His family decides to move to a small Utah town where his peers begin to treat him differently, and he soon finds out that it is because people think that he is a snob, and not because he is blind. Desperate to fit in, he finds out that if he wants to be accepted, he must join a sport. He decides to try his luck with wrestling. <b>Review:</b> A very entertaining and inspirational film. This film shows us you can do anything you set your mind to whether you have a disability or not. Andrew Lawrence is a talented young actor and he gave a very realistic performance as a blind teen. D.B. Sweeney, Wayne Brady, and Khleo Thomas performances stood out as well. An over all great film not to be missed.
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