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Acquitted by Faith

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Faith heals girl in coma; violence, emotional intensity.

Movie NR 2020 84 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

So Many Inconsistencies

It was disappointing that the lawyer never stood up for himself. When the police officer accused him of texting and driving he never told him that he wasn't texting. He dropped the phone and, instead of pulling over to pick it up, he took his eyes off the road to reach down and get it which was very foolish. Another flaw in the phone story line is that the police and the D.A.'s office never really said that they saw any texts that corresponded with the time of the accident. If they did, I never heard it. So, how could they accuse him of texting? PLUS, they had the phone and they didn't discover that it wasn't even his?? AND, even when he was going to be arrested in his boss' office all he said was, "It's not what it looks like." Come on! I would have been throwing that sleazy underling boss guy under the bus and telling everyone within ear shot it was his phone as soon as they came out with they were arresting me for embezzling and hiding the money in Cayman Islands accounts! Another thing that REALLY bugged me was that little Sharon was out there alone in the dark! I'm not talking dusk. I mean flat out dark! Where were her concerned parents? I mean she's what, eight years old? Why had they not gone after their little girl and made sure she was safe and home before dark? Especially with her having so recently been sick with cancer! I know there's no way I would have let my little one be out there after dark. So, I say they're as culpable in her injuries as the lawyer who hit her, but you never saw any remorse from them about their actions at all. I kept hoping they'd step up, but nope. And then the big mucky muck boss at the end who had shared of his grief over losing his family by putting his job before them at the end wants him to do the same thing. What? This movie had potential to send a great message but really fell flat for me.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Acquitted by Faith seems to have its heart in the right place, but it lacks, among other important elements of good drama, an all-important emotional arc. Benjamin isn't a bad man at the start, so there's no indication that either newfound faith or anything else makes him a better man by movie's end. At first, he doesn't spend time with his family because his selfish boss works him too hard -- he'll lose his job if he takes time off. By the movie's end, he has a nicer boss, allowing him to spend more time with the wife and kids. Apart from suddenly carrying around a bible, nothing else in Benjamin's behavior indicates a new religious faith or a change in his attitudes about work, family, or religion. At times, the director seems to be going for suspense that has nothing to do with the rest of the plot. At one, point a man walks down the stairs in his house at night as suspenseful music plays, signaling impending doom, but no doom occurs and he goes back upstairs to bed. Dialogue is sometimes ridiculous in the context of the challenges at hand. In a completely absurd moment, after a terrible car accident, a wife assures her husband that because the girl he hit is on life support (and isn't dead), "It's gonna be fine!" "Fine" doesn't seem the appropriate word to describe a girl in a coma.

More important, while faith may be a great positive in many lives, the movie implies that a vehicular manslaughter charge, severe health issues, and job loss can all magically disappear if only people start to pray. Odder still, the actor's accents are all over the place. The ambulance- chasing lawyer claims to have grown up with Benjamin, but he and his wife have southern accents and Benjamin doesn't, nor does anyone else in town. The one element of excellence here is Jaci Velasquez, outstanding in her small role as the little girl's mother. Her performance rises above every other actor here, above the script, and above the direction.

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