Parents' Guide to

King's Faith

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Faith-based tale about a teen's redemption.

Movie PG-13 2013 108 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

This movie does a great job representing the trials of becoming a Christian and letting go of your past. Although this movie has a great message, there are scenes and circumstances that may not be appropriate for kids below the age of 13. The main character used to be a drug dealer, and there are a few violent and tense scenes - the first minute of the movie also has a graphic image that is disturbing for kids and teens. However, this is a powerful story, and definitely recommend it!

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Good performances by appealing actors make this a likable movie about teen redemption. Faith in God is touted as the number one cure to what ails the troubled kids here. Faith-based movies that dwell on magic and miracles may put off faith-neutral viewers, but King's Faith offers a subtler integration of faith into the lives of its characters, whether believers or non-believers. For example, honesty to friends and family is also advised as a method of recovery from trauma, and a girl who had had an abortion begins to heal after she lets her mother and ex-boyfriend in on her secret. Crawford Wilson as Brendan gives a believable and contained performance as a young man who is aging out of the foster care system with no one to turn to but the kind and caring foster parents who take him in after losing their own son, a police officer killed during a traffic stop.

Solid performances overcome intrinsic weaknesses in the story's conception. To maintain a kind of false plot tension, the script never sends Brendan to the police when his old gang starts threatening him. Certainly after Eli and friends beat Brendan up, the logical thing to do would be to call the police. He could also have told the police where the drugs were hidden, eliminating the gang's motivation for stalking Brendan. Such logical, real-life solutions would certainly make sense, but they wouldn't help manufacture drama, which is at its heart what this movie is about.

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