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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family loyalty, being open to new concepts and new people, honesty, determination, and learning from one's mistakes. There is strength and comfort in strong religious beliefs.
Positive Role Models
Heroine is feisty, loyal, generous, loving, and smart; she is willing to take risks and accept consequences for her actions; she grows spiritually over the course of the film. Leading man, a pastor, is solid, good-hearted, devoted to his community, and learns to listen to his heart. Villain is unredeemable. Some ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Mild pratfalls: Man is pushed into an open grave, a scuffle between men in a diner, a woman falls.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few sweet kisses. A married man is discovered to be having an affair in a hotel bedroom.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that In-Lawfully Yours is a comedy-romance that uses a light touch as it focuses on falling in love, grief, and one woman's religious awakening. The very lovable and unpredictable heroine, a spiritual novice, recovers from a painful divorce as she attempts to support and care for her ex-husband's newly widowed mom in a small town with a church at its center. A husband's infidelity (he's caught in the act in a hotel room) sets the story in motion; except for that, the movie is wholesome throughout. Comic action includes two men scuffling in a diner and a few harmless falls. Christian messages about faith, selflessness, solace, and honesty are gently integrated. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Strong performances and a comic but gently heartfelt approach to delivering Christian values set this romance apart from often ponderous faith-based films. Chelsey Crisp brings warmth, humor, and honesty to Jesse in In-Lawfully Yours, despite the fact that she portrays an amazingly naive character who knows nothing about spirituality of any kind. That performance, along with the likable Joe Williamson as Ben, distracts from some very silly characters and plotting (the perpetually busybody church ladies and Jesse's constant interruptions during Ben's sermons) to make this an entertaining and engaging story. It's wholesome and fun, appropriate for romance lovers, tweens and up.
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