I'll Believe You

 
Bland, if sweet, sci-fi comedy.
  • Review Date: October 15, 2009
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 82 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dale's friends help him despite sometimes not believing him. His buddies are all very supportive of him when he's going through a tough time. The movie supports the idea that sometimes crazy ideas are legit, and that taking chances on the possibility of a new discovery is a good thing.

Positive role models

The main characters are upstanding citizens except for one brief exception -- when Dale busts into the radio station and ties up the engineer so he can get on the air with an important message.

Violence

One comically tense chase scene. A man gets taken away in a police car. The main characters tie up the radio station engineer and commandeer the station briefly.

Language

Regular use of mild language like "goddamn," crap" and "damnit."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi movie contains some mild language like "bastard" and "goddamn," but otherwise has very little iffy content. That said, the movie is not oriented toward kids or teens.

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What's the story?

Dale Sweeney (David Alan Basche) believes in aliens, UFOs, and other unexplained phenomena. His late-night radio show, where he asks callers to talk about their mysterious visions or experiences, is his dream job, but lacks much of an audience. Right before his boss (Fred Willard) cancels the show, Sweeney gets a strange call from someone speaking an unknown language. Along with his buddies -- Paige (Cece Pleasants), the logical science teacher, and Senna (Patrick Gallo), a goofy cop, Sweeney tracks the origin of the strange voice, expecting an alien, but getting something else entirely.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Though the actors in this low-budget movie are fine, even momentarily charming, the film suffers from being somewhat boring. The movie does little to make us sympathize or even understand the main character's perspective, so it's hard to feel very invested in the resolution of the plot, as sweet as it might be. Along the way, brief encounters with comic actors Chris Elliott, Ed Helms (of The Office), and Mo Rocca are mildly amusing, but despite the attempt to pack the cast with quirky actors, the plot just doesn't hold up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about time travel and the future. What do you think humans will be doing in 1,000 years? If you could travel into the past or future, where would you want to go?

  • Talk about believing in something others think is silly. In the movie, Dale Sweeney believes in aliens and alternate realities even though his friends think he's nuts. How does he deal with that?

  • Have you ever believed in something that everyone around you didn't? How did you deal with that situation?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 9, 2007
DVD release date:September 8, 2009
Cast:Chris Elliott, David Alan Basche, Fred Willard
Director:Paul Francis Sullivan
Studio:Well Go USA
Genre:Comedy
Run time:82 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild language

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