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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Advocates determination, prayer, hard work, love, teamwork. Strong faith-based, Christian messages. "God has a plan for you." "There's always help when we follow God's plan." "Don't give up." "We can do anything with God on our side." "Thank God every day for everything."
Positive Role Models
Central character is experiencing a crisis of faith; her beliefs are renewed by story's end. Other than the traditional greedy businessman villain, everyone is generous, caring, hardworking, good-hearted.
Violence & Scariness
A theater catches fire, is quickly extinguished.
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Products & Purchases
Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Gulf Oil. A few small businesses in small-town are identifiable (e.g., Haskins Medical Supply).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Saving Faith happens in Clinton, Tennessee, where good-hearted, God-fearing people reside in an idyllic small-town setting. The faith-based movie tells the story of a young woman whose community movie theater is on the verge of foreclosure. The heroine is passionately trying to save the theater, which has been in her family for decades, but she's thwarted by a greedy businessman who will stop at nothing to make a financial killing. Christian messages are plentiful and earnest, with frequent references to "God's plan," prayer as a source of renewal, and the concept that faith will be rewarded. Viewers should be aware that posters, as well as the DVD cover itself, advertise an array of country music celebs as "guest stars," but they appear only in brief phone calls. There's nothing objectionable in the material; however, it's doubtful that the story and themes would appeal to most kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Another entry in the "let's put on a show" genre, this one is hackneyed and slow-moving, with subpar performances, corny writing, amateurish direction, and cheesy production values. The central storyline -- putting on a Christmas show in July with a famous country headliner to rescue a failing theater -- makes no sense. Poor Faith Scott owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back mortgage payments, utilities, etc. She admits that even a wildly successful show couldn't possibly save the day, but they all forge ahead and (spoiler alert) somehow it does. Watch for a romance that's immature and shallow, many slow-moving entrances and exits, and truly unfunny comic bits. The faith-based messages in Saving Faith are overt and often, but with little grace or subtlety. Actors are weighed down by lines like "Don't give up. ... We can do anything with God on our side." and "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." As for promoting the appearance of several famous country music stars in the film and then not delivering, it's a cynical deception.
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