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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Despite violence, Christian fatherhood drama is uplifting.

Movie PG-13 2011 130 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 12+

Fatherhood and manhood

As a man of faith, currently, 22 years of age, I am at a stage in my where I have to start transitioning from a boy to a man, and really start thinking about potentially being a husband or father. This film depicts truths of life, and the truth is that hardship is inevitable, life is not a breeze, but the question is how as a man you react to that. The main character Adam falls into hardship when a tragic accident hits his family, as expected, there's a period of struggle, and grieving, but Adam searched for a remedy to his pain and found it within the Bible. Motivated and inspired, Adam wanted to share his newfound experience with God with his group of officers and create an oath that as a father and husband, they will uphold each member of their family and protect them at all costs. It was a beautiful moment to see men turn to God for strength to become better fathers and husbands. In a society that is desperately in need of strong fathers and husbands this film, absolutely depicts that. Despite the difference in denominations, the underlying message is universal, turn to God, and find strength in Him, "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" ( Philippians 4:13). In particular to the heads of the domestic churches, the heads of the family, the father. Through this film, more awareness and better attitudes of fatherhood can result in it.
age 8+

Best movie ever!

I thought the credit messenger gave a bad review.This is one movie everyone should see especially for fathers! You will be so happy that you saw this movie! This movie was so inspiring for everyone even bad credit messenger. I watch this over and over. Great for teen girls also who contemplate premarital affairs, great if you lossed a child this might help your grieving. Excellent movie!

Is It Any Good?

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In some ways, this is the best film produced to date by Kendrick and the other filmmakers at Sherwood Baptist Church. The production values are good, a couple of the actors -- particularly Bevel and Davies -- seem like pros, and they're obviously using their profits from Fireproof to up the ante here. But for secular audiences or those who don't already believe in the Evangelical idea of what constitutes a good Christian family, the movie could be off-putting once the focus shifts to Adam's mission in the second half.

It's not that the plot isn't touching or the message inspiring -- every man should aspire to be a wonderful, loving father who puts his children first, even when it's not convenient. But so much of the film feels like an invitation not just to church but to a very specific kind of Christianity that it's hard not to feel preached to, even though there are some genuinely poignant moments. Ultimately the appeal here is for those who already believe, in which case the movie is a call to action and reaffirmation to be the ideal Christian father.

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