About Hope

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Sweet faith-based romance has some drinking.
  • NR
  • 2021
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

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Stands out for positive role models.

Positive Messages

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

A schoolyard fight shows shoving and a punch in the nose that draws blood.

Sex

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. 

Language
Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDonna MARIE December 27, 2021

SCRIPT NEEDS WORK--IT WAS WEAK

This script was a weak one. I liked it that VICTOR MARX was in the movie b/c I know him & his work for many years, not as an actor but as a Christian r... Continue reading
Adult Written byTeacherRhonda August 8, 2021

PG to PG-13

This was a very good movie and well done. Great acting! I believe it should have been rated at least PG though, at minimum. (There are some scenes I had to fast... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In ABOUT HOPE, photographer Thomas McKenzie (Justin Ray) just can't find the perfect woman for him. Maybe it's because he's been keeping a list of qualities his future wife must have since he was 12, and this list has gotten pretty long now. Then one day Hope (Christine Juarbe) walks into his studio looking to hire him for a photo shoot. Even though Hope doesn't have all the qualities on Thomas' list, they start dating and having fun together. But almost at the same time Hope appears, so does Desiree (Claire Bermingham), seemingly the woman of his dreams and also someone in a position to get his photography career on the fast track. How can Thomas be sure if either one is right for him?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters of Hope and Thomas in About Hope. Are they positive role models? What are their character strengths and weaknesses?

  • The Christian faith provides a pretty solid framework for this story. Do you think people of any faith, or even of no faith, would enjoy this movie? How universal are the themes?

  • What other faith-based movies have you seen? What are your favorites? How does this one compare?

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