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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Several positive messages for viewers of faith; namely, that prayer, forgiveness, and faith are the keys to letting go of anger. Prayer in particular is shown as necessary for a Christian life. From a secular perspective, the movie encourages people to become organ donors and to stop texting and driving.
Positive Role Models
The Newmans are kind, loving, and incredibly faithful. Pastor Newman struggles with his faith but finds, through prayer, that he's able to forgive the driver who struck his child. Theresa finds purpose in starting a campaign to stop texting and driving. John makes subtly racist comments to Pastor Newman -- like that he didn't think there were any nice buildings in "this part of town" and that he'd need to see "proof of funds" before agreeing to work on a project with them. By the end of the movie, however, he thanks God for being able to see "beyond the prism of color." Diverse cast.
Violence & Scariness
A teen texts and drives and accidentally hits a child, who suffers a traumatic brain injury. Another teen faints and is hospitalized with a serious condition.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Question of Faith is, as the title suggests, a faith-based drama about three Christian families brought together by a tragic accident. As with most faith-based movies, there's no iffy language, sexual content, or substance abuse to worry about, and the messages are all positive, especially for viewers of faith. But there are some potentially upsetting scenes involving an accident, the death of a child, a minor's juvenile detention, and a young woman's struggle to recover from major surgery. One white character starts out subtly racist but has a change of heart by the end of the film. A teen character texts and drives, with catastrophic consequences. Although the movie may appeal more to Christian viewers than secular audiences, the diverse, professional ensemble cast -- including award-winning contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velasquez -- will please those looking for a film about the power of prayer, forgiveness, and community. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This multicultural, prayer-based drama is one of the better entries in the Christian film genre, starring veteran actors and focusing on forgiveness, safe driving, and organ donation. It's still not all that likely that secular audiences will be clamoring to see it, considering that a significant portion of the movie takes place during church services or in moments of prayer. In fact, it's possible there's more praying in this movie than any recent faith-based feature, and that's because prayer is baked into the story's overarching message: Prayer, for a Christian, is a necessary part of a relationship with God. That will make sense to Christian audiences, but may not resonate with those who don't believe (or who aren't fans of religion-themed movies).
Thanks to the proficiency of the professional actors in A Question of Faith (many films in this genre star non-actors, and it always shows), the movie has polished production values. And while the "reveal" of how the families are connected might be predictable, it's handled in an earnest, sensitive way that sheds light both on the importance of organ donation as a means of offering others a second chance at life and on how distracted driving is rampant among young (and frankly all) drivers. Those two specific messages mean that there are a few sequences -- like the scene of Mrs. Newman (Kim Fields) asking teens to take a safe driving pledge and advocating for drivers to become organ donors -- that could be meaningful to all viewers.
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