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Confessions of a Prodigal Son

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dull rehash of parable has lots of drinking, preaching.

Movie NR 2015 90 minutes
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Although CONFESSIONS OF A PRODIGAL SON has good intentions, it's a dull, dreary, heavy-handed movie that probably won't be very appealing to its target audience: struggling teens. Much of the movie is a series of voice-overs by Sean as he tries to figure out for himself -- and, in turn, educate the audience about -- how our choices mold and direct the story of our life. This metaphor is continued by Sean's English teacher, who seemingly spends the whole semester having the students work on some sort of autobiography but really just wants to yell at the students and threaten to give them bad grades if they don't believe the same things he does. The plot is very thin, repetitive, and uninspiring. Consequences for some of Sean's actions seem overblown, but other actions, such as driving drunk and crashing into a tree, only result in a neck ache, which seems unrealistic.

Although there's a nice message that no matter the mistakes you make, your family, friends, and God will forgive you, the original telling of the prodigal son tale is probably be a better vehicle for the message.

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