The Razzie-worthy family sports drama on Netflix
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The Razzie-worthy family sports drama on Netflix

Netflix is well-known for its vast library, which is full of critically acclaimed and blockbuster content. But it often leaves audiences scratching their heads with the titles that populate its top ten charts regularly. 

Despite boasting Oscar winners and groundbreaking series, for every masterpiece, there are at least ten head-scratching additions that leave viewers wondering just what’s going on. Tyson’s Run, is the newest addition to that list, currently nestled at the fourth spot on the top ten list of films in Netflix US. 

The paint-by-numbers family sports drama mixes so many elements from so many trope-ridden films that it becomes something entirely of its own. Directed and penned by Kim Bass, Tyson’s Run brings together a cast that includes Rory Cochrane, Amy Smart, Major Dodson, and Barkhad Abdi. 

The film follows Tyson, a teenage boy on the autism spectrum, who finds solace in the unwavering support of his mother, Eloise, despite having a chequered equation with his father, Coach Bobby. When Tyson expresses a desire to attend his father’s school, hoping to bridge the gap between them, Bobby reluctantly agrees, setting into motion a series of events that will challenge their family dynamics.

Tyson has to navigate the treacherous waters of high school while facing bullying and misunderstanding from his peers. Along the way, he finds an unexpected ally in Aklilu (Barkhad Abdi), a marathon runner who sees potential in the young boy. Their bond serves as a catalyst for Tyson’s journey of self-discovery and resilience. Apart from family issues, school troubles, and high-flying ambitions, Tyson also has to deal with natural calamities like violent storms and floods.

In a world where Netflix’s top ten lists are often dominated by mindless entertainment and forgettable fare, Tyson’s Run brings a kind of Lifetime TV movie vibe. From the blasé script to the hacky acting, nothing seems to be inspirational about this drama that tries very hard to be so every step of the way.

You can still watch Tyson’s Run on Netflix, but first, watch the trailer here: