Picture from A Walk In My Shoes
Overall B+

In this made-for-TV movie (also known as In My Shoes), a busy high school teacher named Trish (Nancy Travis) gets a chance to walk in the shoes of the mother (Jana Lee Hamblin) of one of her students. And it is a perspective altering journey.

Violence B+
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A-

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

A Walk In My Shoes

The storyline in this made-for-TV movie is as old as the cliché about walking a mile in someone else’s moccasins. But that doesn’t keep this film from being an inspiring story for family viewers.

Like many people today, Trish (Nancy Travis) is a busy woman. She teaches school, takes language classes in the evening in anticipation of a trip to Italy and raises two children with her husband who is a police officer. In truth, her life is so busy she barely has time to think of anyone else but herself.

But all that changes when she meets Molly (Yara Martinez), an angelic character who wanders in and out of people’s lives at will. The dark-haired cherub explains to Trish that she is about to trade places with the mother of one of her students. Following a minor automobile accident, Trish discovers she is now Cindy Kremer (Jana Lee Hamblin), a waitress and single mother of two boys. Cindy’s husband was killed months earlier while on tour in Iraq. Wounded emotionally and financially, Cindy and her two sons, Mikey (Jackson Pace) and Justin (Cameron Deane Stewart) struggle to keep their lives afloat.

Taken out of her comfortable existence and put in the place of the careworn mother, Trish suddenly sees life from another side when she and the boys are evicted from their home. Luckily they are taken in by Jake, a young handyman (Philip Winchester) who lives next door. But her life continues to be hard. Work in the diner rivals anything she did in the high school and extra groceries are a luxury afforded only with the tip of a generous customer.

However Trish isn’t the only one who needs some heavenly intervention in her life. Jake, a former Marine, is running from something in his past. And so is Justin. With some careful intercession, Molly brings the three of these troubled souls together to help them gain a new perspective on life.

Airing on December 3, 2010, this made-for-TV movie takes a plot as common as Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol and reworks it with a modern twist. With little content concerns other than some discussion of war and death, and the depiction of an automobile accident, most parents will be comfortable sharing this benign narrative with their slightly older children. If nothing else, this walk may give some viewers a reason to pause and consider their own harried lives. And with the frantic pace of life, a little self-reflection might be a good thing.