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Everyday Miracles

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Some drinking and smoking in bland faith-based drama.

Movie NR 2015 93 minutes
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The movie was pretty good. The mother/evangelist had a harsh voice and got on my nerves so I had to fast forward through that. It never showed if they ever got married or if the mother’s craziness stopped it. I don’t think I’d want to watch it a second time.

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For what it's worth, this is better than most faith-based movies. Like every other faith-based movie, Everyday Miracles (aka Cotton) creates a world to conveniently match the message, and the message is communicated in a clunky and heavy-handed manner. Most of the acting, aside from a hammy performance or two, is above the average community theater acting typically seen in movies like these. There are pronounced internal and external conflicts that work with rather than against the story and its message. This is not so much a comment on the quality of this movie as it is on how low the bar is set for the enjoyment of faith-based movies for viewers who aren't looking to have the core beliefs of their faith validated through entertainment.

Faith-based viewers are likely to enjoy the movie and its message of faith and spirituality during difficult times in spite of the scenes with whiskey drinking, cigarette smoking, and kissing. For everyone else, the movie's slow pace isn't likely to win over any converts. What's refreshing about the movie, though, is that it does make an effort to confront those who use religion as a means to satisfy their own greedy financial desires. For a movie genre not known for turning the judgment inward upon the faithful as a whole, the self-awareness is a welcome change from the usual fare. Nonetheless, these more positive qualities don't make the movie especially memorable.

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