Dial a Prayer

Movie review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Somber meditation on belief, redemption has heavy themes.

PG-13 2015 97 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 18+

Deserves a better ending

I just feel like the movie isn't over yet. There is no triumph, and although that happens in real life at certain times, there is usually ultimately resolution - especially where the Lord is concerned. I feel like the movie makers took a cop out by avoiding a true and triumphant redemption through Christ in order to avoid offending non-Christian viewers. The main character made a lot of bad choices throughout the film, which made me uneasy, but I figured "she is in the redemption process, this will get better." But it never did. I was especially disappointed with Cora's last meeting with Bill when she tells him she knows what she needs to do next and then criticizes the work they do at the call center. That conversation and her subsequent throwing out of the binders basically shows me that she hasn't actually learned a thing. Pretty disappointing.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 10, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: May 26, 2015
  • Cast: Brittany Snow, William H. Macy
  • Director: Maggie Kiley
  • Studio: Vertical
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief strong language, some drug use and suggestive material
  • Last updated: June 28, 2022

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