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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Faith-based and Christ-centered messages about harm you can do to others when you have expectations of them that only God can fulfill, how blinding that kind of selfishness can be. Stop thinking so much about what you want; concentrate on what others may need from you. You don't have to know God's plan for your future to know what the right thing to do right now is. A notice at the end says the movie was made as an act of worship to Jesus Christ, mentions what he brings to those who follow him.
Positive Role Models
Thomas is a good role model for humility, integrity. He runs his own business, doesn't compromise his ethics for monetary gain. He and his family are loving and close knit, and even though he's fully grown he still seeks out and listens to his father's advice. He doesn't make the best choices sometimes, is a bit self-centered, but learns how to be better. He calls a store clerk "doll." Hope is a great role model for integrity, perseverance. She built her own publishing business from the ground up, turns down lucrative book deal that would compromise her values. She knows her own worth, asks to be treated with respect. She's also a great mom, raising a daughter on her own. Main cast and background actors have a range of skin tones from pale to brown, but no Black people appear on-screen.
Violence & Scariness
A schoolyard fight shows shoving and a punch in the nose that draws blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romantic dynamics, flirting, two or three kisses. Nudity is implied from a man in bed by himself, but only chest and shoulders are seen. He also indirectly wonders if anything happened between him and a woman the night before, and it's implied that nothing sexual happened. A woman tells how she found her husband cheating on her in the past.
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Products & Purchases
Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Black Bull whiskey, Jameson whiskey. A blurb at the end has a website to answer questions about Jesus Christ.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults have champagne and whiskey at a party. Adults order drinks at a bar. Excess isn't shown, but Thomas learns afterward that he had several drinks and threw up, and doesn't remember any of it the next morning. He sips a Bloody Mary as a hangover remedy but doesn't like it or drink any more of it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that About Hope (released as False Hopes in 2020) is a faith-based, Christ-centered romance about a couple who seem to be in their 30s. It might not be very relatable to teens and kids, but there's very little content of concern. The only violence is a schoolyard fight with a punch in the nose that draws blood. There's some flirting as well as romantic dynamics and two or three kisses. Adults drink alcohol, and excess isn't shown but it's implied by waking up the next day and not remembering what happened. There's some sadness from the death in the past of Hope's husband. A woman tells how she found her husband cheating on her in the past. A blurb at the end says the movie is an act of worship to Jesus Christ and provides a website for people who have questions about him to visit. 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 sweet, low-key romance with a solid Christian framework has some flaws, but it also has likable characters and some wry humor. Viewers who share the faith in About Hope may feel more connected to it and enjoy going along for the comfortable ride. Those who don't may find themselves hung up on some production flaws or the occasional story snag. The religious messages are overt, but they don't hit you over the head. And they're universal enough so that viewers who don't share the same faith can still appreciate their value.
The main characters all appear to be in their 30s, so teens may not relate to their exact life stage, but the characters do experience things teens think and dream about, like how you know if someone's right for you, getting engaged, family dynamics, and career choices. There is one child character featured in a few scenes, but it's not enough to generate and hold the interest of younger kids. Some alcohol use and mature themes make it best for older kids and up.
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