A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Integrity; doing the right thing even when no one is looking; following the rules; obeying your parents, even when you disagree; maintaining faith; appearances aren't everything.
Positive Role Models
Characters are overwhelmingly positive with admirable integrity in a faith-based setting. Adults are engaged and present. Teenagers struggle to do the right thing but eventually relent. Parents and other adults work to guide and mentor kids toward the right choice even when they aren't sure of their decisions.
Violence & Scariness
A parent/grandparent dies of a heart attack; brief funeral scene.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage kids shown at a party holding red cups; a beer is poured from a keg; a teenager is said to have been drinking or drunk; cops bust a party with underage drinking but no one is arrested. There are consequences for drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Catching Faith is an inspirational, faith-based movie about a seemingly perfect family coming apart at the seams. There's the death of a grandparent and a brief scene of underage drinking, the latter of which has strong consequences. The film offers positive role models and a strong message about doing the right thing even when no one is looking, aimed at Christian families who may align with the zero-tolerance attitude toward experimentation and the prominent scripture and prayer throughout. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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