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I'm Not Ashamed

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Factual story of one Columbine victim, a devout Christian.

Movie PG-13 2016 113 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

Christian and Anti-Bullying Message

Despite what some reviews have said, it portrays a refreshing perspective on the Christian walk in a sinful world. The historical accuracy has been deservedly challenged, and Dave Cullen did well to address those issues, but the central message remains. Rachel was born again and still struggled with and against sin, as Christians always do. She exemplified her faith by not faltering in her evangelism, engaging with other sinners, and confessing her own sins. Those who have said she didn’t walk with God until she was shot need to remember she was not Jesus, she was a sinner who found Jesus. There is violence, hints at sex, drug and alcohol abuse, and implied suicide contemplation. It glorifies none of these but is honest about the realities of it. Definitely recommend for anyone going into middle or high school with parental guidance.

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age 12+

Great movie to start discussions

I watched this with my 13 year old son and we both enjoyed it a lot. It led to a great discussion about faith, bullies, temptations, and general struggles he may face in life. The movie about Rachel Joy Scott, one of the first victims of the columbine school shooting. The movie focuses on her struggle to live the Christian faith in school and around her friends. A subject I think any young (or old) Christian can relate to. For those considering watching it with their children…The focus is NOT the shooting. It shows some of the news reels from the actual news coverage. There is one scene near the end of the shooters shooting her and the friend she was with, showing the boy with gunshot wounds and then the shooters asking Rachel if she “still believed in her God” and killing her. It doesn’t show the actual killing but they do have a gun to her head so it could be intense for younger or sensitive kids. There is a scene where Rachel considers suicide but does not do it. There are also scenes of teens drinking, smoking, and making out. There is insinuated sex but no actual scenes (one girl in particular sleeps around and you see her come out of a room buttoning her shirt but has another shirt under it). One scene of Rachel walking into a room and seeing a boy on top of another girl, kissing her, fully clothed, but he jumps up immediately. I don’t remember any language except maybe some derogatory terms from the shooters. There are several scenes of bullying from the “school jocks” and there are scenes of the shooters preparing for the shooting by practicing shooting shot guns and building bombs (the bombs never went off but they did build them). They have a few discussions about who they wanted to kill (they targeted people they didn’t deem worthy…think Hitler) That’s everything questionable I can remember that parents might want to be aware of. Sensitive or highly empathetic youngsters may struggle with the bullying and shooting. Someone else mentioned that Rachel Joy Scott was not the one asked the Christian question. However, the shooters actually were known to ask at least 3 children that question. The boy who was with Rachel told his mom shortly after the shooting that the shooters asked her but has since said he can’t remember the events that took place. It is highly probable that the shooters did at least mock her faith because it was found in some of their writings were they called her a “stuck up Christian *****” (found this information on Google)

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Strong Christian messages and a winning performance by newcomer Masey McLain will make this earnest effort a moving experience for audiences who respond to faith-based movies. Significantly, Rachel Joy Scott's writings reveal that she was a girl who had a premonition that she may not reach adulthood, and felt that she had the capacity to make a difference in the world because of her faith. She was right; her brief life has had a long-lasting impact. Her extensive journal entries and drawings enabled her family to bring her story to others. "Rachel's Challenge," a nonprofit (but nonreligious) organization established after her death, continues to advance messages about violence and safer schools with important programs conducted throughout the U.S.

Unfortunately, the film goes astray with some less than stellar performances, its judgmental tone toward those who aren't religious, and in its depiction of Harris and Klebold. The two very disturbed teens are seen only as caricatures, and the filmmakers' attempts to connect the boys' over-the-top behavior to video games, teachings about Hitler, and evolution are thin. I'm Not Ashamed is one perspective of the terrible events at Columbine. Only for mature kids, and best for families who will appreciate a faith-based look at a true event.

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