A charming and well-executed coming-of-age story about an onanistic Catholic boy growing up in 1950s Canada. Adam Butcher gives a weirdly awesome performance as the titular Ralph, whose mom falls into a coma the moment he tells her that hes been caught committing a venal sin in the pool. Ralph decides that the only way he can save her is to win the Boston Marathon, so he enlists the help of a Nietzschean priest and a wannabe nun in order to become as pure and swift as the waters of Jordan (ca. 30 A.D.) While there are elements of Capra-esque schmaltz here, the inventive script and compelling performances keep up the entertainment value, and the ending carefully and with due consideration jerks tears from ones eyes in a way that doesnt make you feel like youve been used. Not a major film, but an excellent minor one.
Director: Michael McGowan
Writer: Michael McGowan
Producer: Teza Lawrence, Andrea Mann, Seaton McLean, Marguerite Pigott, Michael Souther, Peter Sussman and Gordon Yang
Cast: Adam Butcher, Campbell Scott, Gordon Pinsent, Jennifer Tilly, Shauna MacDonald, Michael Kanev, Tamara Hope, Miranda Black, Frank Crudele, Chris Ploszczansky, Jeff Baxter and Daniel Karasik