Music Within

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Music Within ★★½ 2007 (R)

True story plays like an inspirational movie of the week but is not without its appeal. Richard Pimentel (Livingston) has always wanted to be a public speaker; instead he winds up fighting in Vietnam where he loses most of his hearing in a bomb blast. He returns home, goes to college, and makes an unlikely connection with acerbic Art Honeyman (Sheen), who's wheelchair-bound because of cerebral palsy. Both are discriminated against and ostracized because of their disabilities, which leads Richard to his work as a motivational speaker and one of the leading advocates for what will become the Americans With Disabilities Act. 94m/C DVD . Ron Livingston, Michael Sheen, Melissa George, Yul Vazquez, Rebecca De Mornay, Hector Elizondo; D: Steven Sawalich; W: Brett McKinney, Mar Andrew Olsen, Kelly Kennemer; C: Irek Hartowicz; M: James T. Sale.