A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Faith-based messages surround forgiveness, redemption, power of God over evil. Time and honesty will heal transgressions. "God will override all sorts of situations we get into; all we have to do is ask for His help." "Always listen to the still, small voice inside you, because that's God talking to you." There are "two kinds of people: the fixers and the breakers."
Positive Role Models
Young heroine finds her way to unearthing long hidden truths and plays an active role in correcting old wrongs. She is patient, thoughtful, and loving, in spite of the fact that she considers herself "mean." One-dimensional adult characters range from an arch villain who is a racist, abusive, cruel murderer to a saintly elderly grandmother who provides inspirational messages and unconditional love. Heroine's mother learns hard lessons about superstition versus religious faith, and, with her daughter's help, finds strength to stand up for herself and her children.
Violence & Scariness
Several murders and beatings: most of them just off camera, but with gun shots heard. Abusive husband hits his wife and his daughter in several scenes; threatens their lives and endlessly demeans them. A beloved grandmother falls and (spoiler alert) later dies of her injuries. An earthquake (1906 San Francisco) violently shakes a home. The event causes off-screen damage, causing serious injuries to a featured young boy and the deaths of his parents. In a drunken stupor a man starts to sexually assault his wife; the event is witnessed by the woman's two children.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Story is based on the challenges of being born to an unwed mother. Villainous character is shown as a womanizer and domestic abuser. In a drunken stupor he starts to sexually assault his wife; the event is witnessed by the woman's two children.
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A bullying villain speaks cruelly and insultingly to his stepdaughter.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking in saloon. Some drunkenness. A heartless man, severely drunk, attempts to sexually assault his wife.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boonville Redemption is the dramatic, faith-based story of a young, small-town girl as she struggles to come to terms with having been "born out of wedlock" Set in 1906, violence is commonplace in Boonville. Death by gunfire and natural causes, the damaging effects of the horrific earthquake in nearby San Francisco, and the ruthless behavior of a cruel man all impact the plot. In addition to his abusiveness (he viciously hits his wife and child), the man is a sexual cad, a mean drunk, and wields enormous power over most of the townspeople. Good people and solid values come up against the pervasive evil that lives in Boonville -- and those people and those values triumph because of the power of godliness, faith, and religious teachings. Mature themes and the fact that several kids are imperiled make this message-driven tale appropriate for mature kids only. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Well-meaning but artless, this folksy, religious drama has a heart, but relies on a predictable plot and one-dimensional characters, so there's little to recommend. Faith-based values are gently delivered, and thoughtful. Boonville Redemption was able to attract some reliable character actors (Diane Ladd, Ed Asner, even Pat Boone is appealing as the film's narrator and town doctor), but the writing and direction gives them no opportunity to do their usually fine work. The action sequences, including off-screen gunplay and the themes of illegitimacy, spousal abuse, and drunken infidelity, make this for teens only, but it's hard to imagine that it would engage them.
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