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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes teamwork, compassion, and empathy. Also encourages seeing that cultural differences shouldn't be a boundary to friendship and fellowship. Because it's based on the story of a priest and his congregation, there's a strong message about the importance and power of faith and community.
Positive Role Models
Rev. Michael is dedicated to his congregation and believes that God has sent him -- and the Karen refugees -- to All Saints for a purpose. Ye Win does a ton for his community -- answering questions, handling funds, interceding with government agencies, etc. -- and is deeply devoted to the church. Aimee and Atticus love the new town and their new friends. The bishop is initially resistant to Michael's idea but eventually sees how the church has grown and is meeting the needs of its congregation.
Violence & Scariness
A police officer strikes Rev. Michael as he defends a Karen mother who's frightened of the police taking her son. References to the war and strife the Karen lived through (including torture, rape, murder, etc.) before fleeing their turbulent homeland. Mention of an American soldier's heroic actions during the Vietnam War. Photo of a man with a rifle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses and embraces.
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"Shut your pie hole." "Were you this cowardly in Vietnam?" "Sucks."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Photo of a man with a cigarette; one man has a cigarette behind his ear.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All Saints is a faith-based drama inspired by a true story of an Episcopalian priest (John Corbett) who saves a struggling congregation with the help of a group of refugees from Myanmar. There's little iffy content in the movie, except for one scene in which a police officer strikes a pastor who's trying to keep a misunderstanding from getting out of control. And there are a couple of conversations in which refugees briefly describe the harrowing conditions they endured (torture, rape, murder, isolation). Language is tame and limited to "sucks," and insults like "shut your pie hole." Viewers of faith will appreciate the movie's messages about trusting in God, helping brothers and sisters in Christ, and so forth, and all audiences will spark to the story's themes of teamwork, friendship, and generosity. 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 faith-based drama might seem like another example of a "white savior" narrative, but it ultimately shows how the refugees, not just the pastor, save the day through dedication and hard work. Although All Saints changed a few of the original story's details (Spurlock was in publishing before becoming a priest, not a salesman; the couple had a younger daughter; etc.), the main events seem true to life. And director Steve Gomer (a veteran TV director) even uses the real Karen churchgoers to play their on-screen counterparts (with the exception of Lee, who is a famous Taiwanese actor-director-producer). This is definitely a sentimental, feel-good movie that could easily be a Lifetime/Hallmark presentation, except it's a bit short on romance for those networks. As in most religious films, there's an overriding message about the power of faith, prayer, and God.
Northern Exposure fans will be thrilled to see Corbett reunite with Barry Corbin, who (once again) plays a curmudgeon with a secret heart of gold: Forrest, one of the church's few remaining congregants. Forrest is critical of Rev. Michael's plan and believes it will be too hard on the Karen families. As on their old show, Corbett and Corbin's characters butt heads, but they eventually grow fond of each other. Forrest bonds with Ye Win over their shared memories of wars they've faced, and in some ways their friendship comes off as more believably close than Rev. Michael's with either man. Considering the current political/social climate regarding issues related to refugees from non-Western backgrounds, it's inspiring to see a true story about the power of intercultural friendship and teamwork.
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