Directed by David M. Evans. With Michael Angarano, Tom Arnold, Sean Astin, Powers Boothe and Rachel Leigh Cook. Distributed by the Yari Film Group. 1 hour, 54 mins. PG (mild profanity, adult themes). Playing at area theaters.
For a compendium of cornball homilies to keep you going for a couple of years, try the small-town baseball saga The Final Season. "Even the easy things are tough if you do them half-heartedly," says a wise old gramps. "Sometimes you just have to ride the horse in the direction it's going," says a pragmatic school board boss. "Baseball's the only game on Earth where the object is to get home," says the winningest coach on the Iowa high school circuit.