Feb. 22, 2024 – The new film, Ordinary Angels, based on the memoir of the same name by Sharon Stevens Evans, tells one such hero’s story. Hilary Swank plays Sharon, a spunky single mother and hairdresser struggling with alcoholism who rallies the people of Louisville, Ky., in the early 1990s to save a dying girl.

The film opens as Ed Schmitt (professing Christian and Reacher star Alan Ritchson) is losing his wife to an illness. He’s left to raise his two young daughters, Ashley (Skywalker Hughes) and Michelle (Emily Mitchell), with help from his mother, Barbara (Nancy Travis). Michelle has an incurable condition that will prove fatal without a liver transplant. Although not shown in the film, Ashley also suffered from the same disease.

One day while buying a six-pack of beer, Sharon reads about the Schmitts in the newspaper. She tells Rose (Tamala Jones), her best friend and salon co-owner, that she feels inspired to raise money for Michelle’s expensive procedure. Rose warns her that her exuberance is indicative of addiction, but Sharon’s not the type to take no for an answer.

“Someone’s gotta fight for [Michelle], and … if that’s addict behavior, then, hey, I … might as well put it to good use.”

As the Schmitts’ medical bills pile up, Sharon champions the family’s plight in the community. She also inserts herself into Ed’s and the girls’ lives, leaving viewers to wonder if she’ll be the next Mrs. Schmitt. But her busyness only masks her substance abuse, estrangement from her grown son, and self-loathing.