Heart of the Country

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Faith-based drama has heavy themes but positive messages.
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 90 minutes

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Positive Messages

Family; loyalty; faith; integrity; keeping your word; honoring your vows; honesty; righting wrongs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Faith tries to do the right thing even though her world is shattered by her husband's arrest. Her father provides mentorship and support without telling her what to do. Her sister disapproves of her marriage but still wants her to work through it. Her husband knowingly profits from fraud but works to correct his wrongs and own his mistakes.

Violence

Brief intimidation between inmates at a prison; dad collapses and is hospitalized with brain tumor; frank discussions of impending death; deaths portrayed via funerals or visits to a grave site.

Sex

Couple embrace on a couch; kiss on forehead; couple holds hands, kiss briefly.

Language
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Casual drinking of wine or a mixed drink throughout at meetings, dinner, bars and during legal discussions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Heart of the Country is a spiritual film about a woman's struggle to forgive her husband after his arrest for fraud and her attempt to reconcile with her family. It has strong messages about family, faith, and forgiveness but also some heavy themes of loss and grief, including the loss of a parent and managing terminal illness. Best for older kids equipped for a faith-based message.

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What's the story?

When Faith (Jana Kramer) discovers her husband has been arrested for fraud, her world falls apart. Locked out of her accounts, money, and life in the city, she returns home to her dad (Gerald McRaney) and estranged family to sort through her feelings, reconnect with the family she left behind, and figure out what it really means to stick by someone for better or worse.

Is it any good?

HEART OF THE COUNTRY is decently acted and works with some strongly positive, Christian-based messages. Characters make difficult choices and struggle realistically with them. The setting is a lush Southern rural landscape, and actors such as Gerald McRaney ground what is an otherwise predictable moral message about honoring one's vows and sticking by your mate for better or worse. Though ultimately everything is a bit tidy in this universe and follows expected outcomes, for families interested in positive faith-driven drama, this will rapidly check all the boxes for persevering through life's biggest struggles.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about city life vs. country life. Do you think they're accurate or stereotypes? Why?

  • Do you agree with Faith's choice in the end? Why, or why not?

  • What is the movie's message about mistakes? Do you agree with it?

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