A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.
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What's the story?
The Taylor family seems like they have it all. John and Alexa have the perfect marriage, son Beau is the star quarterback on the football team, and Ravyn is a straight-A student. But each faces a troubling issue in his or her life that threatens the family's identity as perfect, when Beau finds himself drinking at a party, Ravyn is tempted to cheat on a major exam, and Alexa realizes her life, marriage, and family may not be all it seems. Together they have to sort out what it means to do the right thing, even when each could get away with doing the wrong thing.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why high school football movies are so popular. Why do you think they still resonate with so many people?
Does the film portray underage drinking accurately? Why, or why not?
What do you think about Beau's parents' handling of his drinking? Was it the right choice? Why, or why not?
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