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Faith of Our Fathers

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

War drama has combat scenes, heavy-handed message.

Movie PG-13 2015 95 minutes
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FAITH OF OUR FATHERS is heavy on the spirituality message and light on production values: The acting is stiff, the plot is formulaic, and the connection between the two leads feels forced. Plot contrivances are manufactured to drive John Paul and Wayne into new situations, and hard-to-swallow coincidences help get them out of trouble. Of course their friendship is going to get off on the wrong foot, and its also no surprise that they eventually become best buddies.

The wartime sequences are secondary, and feel it. The battle scenes lack tension, the sets feel like something from a community theater group, and the characters are barely developed. Baldwin's small role is particularly clunky -- he bridges the gap between the two time periods, emerging from nowhere to meet the sons and deliver a cringeworthy monologue. There's nothing wrong with a character who finds God, but to make it work in a movie, he needs to have a better story about his moment of realization.

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