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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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.
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