A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Faith can help people get through even the most difficult times, especially if they believe they have a greater purpose in the world that will live on after they die.
Positive Role Models
John Paul is determined to find out more about his father, who died in Vietnam before he was born, even if he has to put up with Wayne, whose impossible behavior is a front for his own tortured past. When the two men learn to trust each other, they find a way to work through their grief.
Violence & Scariness
Several war scenes show men in combat, getting shot and blown up. Other scenes include fist fights, and a man holds up a convenience store at gunpoint.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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One man repeatedly calls another a "moron," triggering a heated exchange.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Faith of Our Fathers is a faith-based war drama about two men -- both of whom lost their fathers in Vietnam -- who slowly become friends as they learn about their dads' wartime connection. Several combat scenes include machine guns and exploding bombs, and there's also an extended fist fight involving a group of men and a scene in which a man holds up a convenience store at gunpoint. But none of these sequences is especially intense, and there's no swearing, drinking, sex, or smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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