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Music Within

R Released Oct 26, 2007 1h 35m Drama List
33% Tomatometer 42 Reviews 78% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
After a confrontation with one of his idols dashes his dreams of studying public speaking in college, Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston) joins the Army and ships off to Vietnam. During his service, Richard loses nearly all of his hearing. Joining a new circle of friends, including a man with cerebral palsy and an alcoholic war veteran, Richard discovers his gift for motivational speaking and becomes an advocate for people with disabilities. Read More Read Less
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Music Within is a well-intentioned but pedestrian production of a story that deserves better treatment.

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Hank Sartin Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Stephen Garrett Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Claudia Puig USA Today The real world needs more dogged folks willing to tilt at windmills. But movies often don't do their stories justice, and that has happened again here. Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 9, 2007 Full Review Dave White Movies.com Rated: 2/5 Apr 4, 2011 Full Review Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope Low on drama, but funny, with interesting characters, good performances and is uplifting without being too sweet. Rated: B Nov 30, 2007 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's just too bad that the pious treatment given the deserving Pimentel never translated into a more engaging film. Rated: C+ Nov 29, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Harry H The movie is a bit uneven, granted...but so is Life in general. It's based on a true story and I'm sure that liberties were taken and Im OK with that. See the movie just to watch Michael Sheen as the guy with cerebral palsy--he was terrific! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/16/23 Full Review donnie m this movie COULD have been good but whoever wrote the lines for the actor with cerebral palsy that were supposed to be funny (none of them were funny) they were embarrassingly stupid! AND, everything he said and did was exaggerated to the point, i couldn't watch. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/13/23 Full Review Kyle M A lesser standard biographical film that elliptically only focused on chronological checkpoints lining up the achievements summing up their societal effects without diving into truer insights of the depicted cases besides generic, pre-acknowledged frontal stereotypes. Rather minimally though with a positive spirited spin and being genuine in the associated messages they delivered on top of their performances, namely Livington and Sheen, to make it up by triggering heartfelt empathy. A basic story under average focus with performative convictions towards an infrequent topic, setting itself as a lesson towards the genre's tackle, then locally favored er the scenic backdrop. (B) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/06/23 Full Review Frances H As a disabled person, this movie really spoke to me! Even after the ADA has been around for a long time, still I have to fight everyday to get my rights under the law, such as the handicapped parking place in the local US Post Office in my town. The parking lot had been resurfaced and a new sign and painted spot was never put in place afterward. After asking for over 6 months for it to be put in place, all the post mistress said was that she didn't have anyone to put up the sign. I had to call the Postmaster General--the next day, the sign was there. But now perfectly able-bodied people use it as a place to stop "Just run in to mail" something, saying nobody was using it and its handy right there--it only took the spot for a minute! But what is a disabled person supposed to do with their car while you are in their parking spot? And there are never enough handicapped parking spots! There are never enough electronic carts in Walmart, because able bodied people think they are fun to just ride around in. And I don't know how many times have seen an able bodied person coming out of the handicapped stall in a bathroom, because they like that there is so much space! But they don't need the grab bars and I do! And I can't use it if you are in there, and I have to wait standing, which is agony for me! If you are able-bodied, just thank God, and stop using few parking spots and bathroom stalls we have! The struggle never stops for the disabled! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/20 Full Review Audience Member This was great movie and a great history lesson about the person behind the American with Disabilities law. Michael Sheen was a great surprise in this movie. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Great film and very though provoking Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After a confrontation with one of his idols dashes his dreams of studying public speaking in college, Richard Pimentel (Ron Livingston) joins the Army and ships off to Vietnam. During his service, Richard loses nearly all of his hearing. Joining a new circle of friends, including a man with cerebral palsy and an alcoholic war veteran, Richard discovers his gift for motivational speaking and becomes an advocate for people with disabilities.
Director
Steven Sawalich
Producer
Steven Sawalich, Brett Donowho
Screenwriter
Mark Andrew Olsen, Bret McKinney, Kelly Kennemer
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Articulus Entertainment, Quorum Entertainment
Rating
R (Some Drug Content|Sexual References|Language)
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 26, 2007, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 1, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
$153.2K
Runtime
1h 35m
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