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Movie review by
Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Faith- and fact-based drama of teen's miraculous recovery.
  • April 17, 2019
  • PG
  • 2019
  • 116 minutes

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Breakthrough is a drama based on the true story of a teen boy's miraculous recovery from a near-death accident. After their 14-year-old son  John (Marcel Ruiz) falls through a frozen lake, rescuers and doctors tell Joyce (Chrissy Metz) and Brian Smith (Josh Lucas) that his heart has stopped and there's nothing they can do. In her desperation, Joyce loudly prays over her son's body -- and against all odds, his pulse starts up. From that point on, the Smiths turn to their community and pastor (Topher Grace) for support and trust in God that John will survive. This faith-based drama will likely have very little iffy content and plenty of positive messages, but some heavy themes and peril might make it too intense for young kids.

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