‘Nothing is Impossible’ movie: Hoops, romance, second chances

By Rusty Wright

Feeling battered by life’s setbacks?  Do circumstantial hurricanes keep hitting you in the face?  Could your love life, work, or family relationships use a tune-up?  Maybe a rescue or do-over?  Chances are you’ll relate to the characters in Nothing is Impossible, a fun and inspiring sports and family drama about second chances.

The cast features David A.R. White (God’s Not Dead), Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Harry Lennix (The Blacklist, Justice League), Robert Amaya (War Room), and Steven Bauer (Better Call Saul).  Sony’s Pure Flix produced and is distributing the film.

Evaporated dreams

Scott Beck (White) is a middle aged janitor at a Knoxville, Tennessee, high school.  His life dreams have evaporated. A basketball star at the same high school two decades ago, he failed to make the NBA and now struggles to make ends meet.  Single, living in a mobile home, he wonders about what might have been had his dreams not died.

His long-ago love interest, Ryan (Bjorlin), now owns the local professional basketball team, the Knoxville Silver Knights. Best friend Nick (Amaya) coaches the high school basketball team – with Scott’s help – while working on his own anger management issues and seeking to help students with faith direction.  When the Knights announce an open tryout, Scott ponders a comeback.

His return journey brings challenges for body, mind and spirit.  Problems keep mounting.  Partial victories come, then distress, and Scott feels like giving up.  “Why, God?” he shouts over cascading disappointments.

Learning from failure

“Everyone has a past and Scott Beck is no exception,” said actor/producer David A.R. White. “This is an inspiring movie about how our past doesn’t define us and how we can learn from failure in a profound way. That goes for life and love – we see Scott confront past mistakes with his high school girlfriend, Ryan. This may be a movie with basketball in it, but it’s also about love, learning how to trust again and about finding purpose in failure.”

Nothing is Impossible is fun, funny, entertaining and inspiring.  I laughed, pondered, hoped, and appreciated faith’s valuable contribution to navigating stormy seas.  It prompted me to reflect on some of the curve balls life has thrown my way: unwanted divorce, fired, widowed.

Rocky Balboa?

During some dark days, my mentor reminded me of a famous biblical statement: “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love [him].”  “That verse hasn’t been repealed,” my friend noted with a warm smile.  He was right.  Subsequent remarriages to two terrific women, expanded career impact, and enhanced personal resilience have confirmed that.

This family-friendly film’s sports, romance, and handling-adversity themes should connect with many viewers, I would think, regardless of their spiritual interest level: skeptical, disinterested, spiritually seeking, or committed.  Part Rocky, part Hoop Dreams, part Love Story, part Don Quixote.  Definitely worth considering.

www.pureflix.com/movie/nothing-is-impossible    Streaming October 6 ff.

Rusty Wright is an author and lecturer who has spoken on six continents.  He holds Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Master of Theology degrees from Duke and Oxford universities, respectively. www.RustyWright.com

Copyright © 2022 Rusty Wright

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‘Nothing is Impossible’ movie poster.
Janitor Scott Beck (David A.R. White) and high school coach Nick Martin (Robert Amaya).
Scott Beck (David A.R. White) coaching high school players.
Ryan Aikens (Nadia Bjorlin) and Scott Beck (David A.R. White) rekindling their relationship.
Knights promoter Archie Touraine (Steven Bauer) and Coach Russell Banks (Harry Lennix).
Trying out for Silver Knights pro basketball team.