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Be the Light

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Earnest, faith-based tearjerker shows the power of love.

Movie NR 2020 109 minutes
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This earnest, terminal-illness tearjerker is sometimes predictable and clichéd, but the engaging cast and solid storytelling help the viewer get past those problems. Be the Light is a fine choice for families who can handle the sadness from the death of a loved one and who are looking for diverse, positive representations and uplifting messages about family, love, and forgiveness.

Of course, the plot involves a plucky group of friends entering a talent contest, and unfortunately the singing, songwriting, and dancing are a bit uneven. But it's refreshingly free of preachiness for a movie with strong religious themes. It also encourages viewers to see people for who they are and what they do now, not to judge them for what they used to do. Some iffy behavior, rare strong language, and nuanced situations make it best for teens and up.

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