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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family loyalty; quality family time; patience.
Positive Role Models
Majority of characters are very well-intentioned, morally grounded, ethically minded. Parents are engaged and present. Siblings play the role of mentor and friend. Community members affect morals and values. A few characters are simplistic evil-suit types.
Violence & Scariness
A man pulls out a baseball bat and handles it aggressively, hits his desk with it.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Married couple kiss a few times.
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Minor insulting language such as "freak," "snake," "moron"; a character refers to a businessman as "raping and pillaging" the business owner.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple orders a drink but doesn't have it. A man struggles with wanting to smoke cigarettes; he puts a cigarette behind his ear but doesn't smoke it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mercy Rule is a Kirk Cameron-produced and -starring film about baseball and government interference with small businesses. It's a well-intentioned family movie that aims to portray American, God-fearing values, but at 118 minutes, it's a long, dry take on these issues that features a lot of slow motion and montages with glacial pacing. Nothing problematic here other than a subplot of a father who struggles with his desire to smoke cigarettes, but younger kids simply won't have the attention span to watch a proud business owner battle it out with a suit over local environmental regulations. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
MERCY RULE could be a perfectly good family film for Christians about teamwork, patience, and faith if it were any good. Instead, it's 118 minutes of montages of baseball and family scenes that feel more like a very long country-music video than a film with any pacing or real plot. The issues here are relatable -- money troubles, entrepreneurial challenges, excelling at hobbies, and finding time for your family. But everything about the approach is indulgent and excessive, not to mention dry.
Kids who want to watch a film about baseball will find a film with extended scenes wherein Dad argues with a zoning guy or greedy corporate investor. Families looking for an upbeat or inspirational movie will find plodding scenes that have no real momentum, and it appears nothing was left on the cutting-room floor. This is an endurance test for families, most of whom won't have two hours to sit through ranting about big government just to see a few Hallmark-style montages of a family making cupcakes together on a Saturday morning.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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