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Come Sunday

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Real-life story explores faith, spirituality; mature themes.

Movie NR 2018 106 minutes
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Much more than a "religious" film, this story, based on real events, will resonate with all who hope they would stand firm in their beliefs and take an honorable path, regardless of the consequences. Chiwetel Ejiofor is magnificent in the role of Carlton Pearson; authentic and forceful, he sensitively conveys both his commitment to taking risks and his deep-seated reluctance to do so. He is ably supported by Condola Rashad as his nontraditional wife forced into conventionality, as well as by Martin Sheen, Danny Glover, and Lakeith Stanfield. In an otherwise stellar production, the script is only adequate, with some clichés, on-the-nose dialogue, and elements of predictability -- which, in all honesty, would be hard to avoid given the events as they unfolded. Despite that, Come Sunday is a movie worth seeing. It offers families an opportunity to talk about the awful effects of divisiveness and intolerance of others' beliefs, both in church and in the community at large.

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