Preacher's Kid

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Inspirational film with mature relationship themes.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 110 minutes

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Positive Messages

Angie leaves home, but learns the values taught to her by her pastor father and by her church community have more lasting value than the transitory glamour presented by flash and attention. She also learns and experiences firsthand the amount of work and dedication it requires to attain success as a performer.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Angela's pastor father must learn to "let go" and allow Angela to experience life outside of his home, and Angela must learn to stand up for who she is to be successful.

Violence

A man punches and slaps a woman in the face, and the woman appears with black eyes and bruises on her face.

Sex

While no explicit sexual behavior is shown, characters leave and enter hotel rooms together quite often. Over dinner, characters discuss foreplay and if preacher's kids are as "freaky" as people say. Later in the film, one of the characters uses a home pregnancy test and believes she is pregnant.

Language

Infrequent profanity, such as "ass,"; "f--k" is said once.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One character drinks and smokes marijuana, and Angela eventually follows suit.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this retelling of the biblical parable "The Prodigal Son" includes some scenes of domestic violence, as well as alcohol and drug (marijuana) use. But the movie's ultimate story of redemption, as well as the importance of dedication, perserverance, and family come through loud and clear.

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What's the story?

Angie (Letoya Luckett), a PREACHER'S KID, has grown tired of the restrictive rules and regulations of life under her father's (Gregory Alan Williams) roof. She sneaks out to a nightclub with her friend Marcia (Rae'Ven Larrymore Kelly), where they meet a popular singer named Devlin Mitchell. Mitchell is traveling in a musical called "Daddy, Can I Come Back Home," and Angie is offered the chance to tour with the production. She ignores her father's demands that she stays home, and embarks on a tour where she must learn to surivive the rigors of the road, and Devlin's manipulative behavior.

Is it any good?

As a lively retelling of the biblical parable "The Prodigal Son," Preacher's Kid is filled with powerful singing from Destiny's Child's Letoya Luckett. It offers an exploration of the life and culture of an African-American church, and how that contrasts with the life of performers traveling from town to town in a musical.

What the film lacks in thematic subtlety and character depth is made up for in the energy and spirit of the musical numbers -- in both the church and on the stage. Preacher's Kid also pulls no punches in the trials and tribulations of being a show business performer traveling from town to town -- the long hours, the pressures of competition, and the difficulties in being away from home.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of "making it" in show business. While many performers make it look glamorous and easy, how much work do you think it takes to attain success as a performer? How realistic do you think this movie is when it comes to portraying the road to show business success?

  • What are the messages in the biblical parable "The Prodigal Son"? How are those messages translated in this movie?

  • What kind of character is Devlin? What purpose does his character serve in the ultimate message of this movie?

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For kids who love inspirational stories

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