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Mercy Rule

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Family-values snoozefest too long, dry for most kids.

Movie NR 2014 118 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 2+

A movie for everyone

Values, morals, lessons. Nothing inappropriate for any age.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

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