Catching Faith

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Religious take on family, football has mature themes.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

A parent/grandparent dies of a heart attack; brief funeral scene.

Sex
Language

"Loser."

Consumerism
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.

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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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byawright09 May 21, 2020

Not too bad for a family movie

Its hard to find movies appropriate for my kids that aren't cartoons. They seemed to like this one. It had underage drinking in the beginning but otherwise... Continue reading
Adult Written byKelly D. May 9, 2018

Don't Waste Your Time

This is a film that attempts to masquerade as a football film but is really about stay-at-home moms and their first-world problems. The film only exists to be a... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 20, 2017
I watched this when I was 9 and I'm turning 11 in a few days. I have been looking for this movie since I forgot the name and it is so good.
Teen, 14 years old Written bykggirl777 September 28, 2016
Awesome movie for teens and parents to watch together! Good Christian movie.

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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