Parents' Guide to

Catching Faith

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Religious take on family, football has mature themes.

Movie NR 2015 88 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 17+

A Disappointing effort

This movie began with a promising topic ~ Christian family hitting difficulties. However, the dialogue was almost indecipherable. The music was too loud and disruptive. The scene changes were not fluid. I believe the message would be lost, as few would persevere to listen and watch the whole movie. A wonderful opportun ity to show a valuable lesson failed dismally.
age 10+

Should be titled "Catching Guilt"

Like others have said, the sound ruins the movie. I don't think they used microphones which would make sense for a low budget christian film to oversee. The story was not awesome, it was white privilege on display. Only the dad had any redeeming qualities, but he only had like 3 lines. If you are a middle-aged woman that has poorly raised kids and realize you need to make a major change during their senior year, have fun! The plot felt like it might have been written as a high school project since several of the retaliations by adults were akin to high school drama. It was wholly unbelievable, I can't understand how they got Bill Engvall to be involved, he must owe some favors...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (2 ):

CATCHING FAITH offers some good examples of navigating right and wrong in the lives of teenagers. Is it OK to drink at a party even though you're underage, you're not going to drive, and no one can find out? Should you stay on the football team even though the handbook explicitly states that no drinking is tolerated? If you accidentally find yourself with the answers to a major test, should you refrain from looking at them? Even if you know you wouldn't get caught? Elsewhere, the film explores deeper layers of identity in terms of how we present ourselves in our communities versus the realities of the messiness of life.

There isn't a lot of excitement or adventure here, so younger kids won't find much to interest them. Christian families with older kids may appreciate the strong moral lessons here, including the hard-line stances the adults all decide to take, and the lessons the kids learn as a result. But there isn't a whole lot of gray area, even though the film promotes a willingness to be honest about your shortcomings, and for secular families, there's not much outside the gospel of redemption to guide them through it. Not a primer on how to confront the realities of the temptations of drinking if you're looking for a more nuanced conversation.

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