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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tapestry is a 2019 drama about a good man who encounters difficult times, which leads him to embrace Christian faith. He's fired from his job, and the depression that follows estranges his wife and children. At the same time, his beloved mother is dying, compounding his inability to appreciate all the gifts he has rather than dwelling on his problems. Language includes "hell." People try to initiate extramarital affairs but nothing happens. Two men argue over jealousy. Someone dies after a long illness.
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What's the story?
TAPESTRY is a Christian faith-themed drama that echoes the plots of many such films -- bad things happen to "the very best of us," and those people cope by finding their Christian faith. Ryan (Stephen Baldwin), who has long put his finance job before his family, is fired for a vaguely-explained reason, but can't bring himself to share his woe with his wife Grace (Kika Magalhaes). At the same time, he learns his devout mother Rose (Tina Louise) is dying of cancer and that his father Ian (Burt Young) has been coping with this terrible knowledge for months by himself. Grace is furious to learn from a friend that Ryan didn't tell her he was fired, and the rift between them grows. A woman at work flirts with Ryan and his best friend, Jay (Faron Salisbury), comes on to Grace. Ryan seems to be drifting farther from the people that count in his life when his mother succumbs to her illness. The shock opens Ryan's eyes to what he's been missing -- the importance of family and the messages of faith that God has been sending though his mother, friends, and even strangers. A man offers to fix his flat tire and, looking back, Ryan can now see that man was sent by God. Now that he's aware of all this, the movie suggests, everything will be better.
Is it any good?
This is a terribly-made movie. In his quest to spread the word about Christian faith, a subject on which director and cowriter Ken Kushner may well be an expert, Tapestry demonstrates that he seems to lack any skills whatsoever in departments that include writing, editing, lighting, sound-recording (there is a distinct hum during all dialogue, which stops during the blackouts between scenes), and dramatic tension. The well-developed nonsense-detectors possessed by most tweens and teens will have much to detect here, including multiple instances of cliches and oversimplifications. ("Just when you think you're on top of the world, darkness may be lurking around the corner" and "The devil has many faces and many ways to kick you when you're down.")
Magalhaes, playing Ryan's wife, seems not only decades younger than her husband, but also younger than their oldest child. Kushner is lucky to have on board the gifts of the gritty and moving Burt Young as Ian and the modulated adeptness of Stephen Baldwin as Ryan, the latter doing his best while uttering mouthfuls of platitudes in badly-lighted scenes that have no beginnings and no ends. (Surprisingly, Baldwin was an executive producer.) Perhaps those appreciating the Christian sentiments will be immune to the absence of technical and artistic norms.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why films about people turning to faith often start with someone facing difficulties in life. Do you think Ryan would have turned to the church in Tapestry if his life had been going well? Why or why not?
Do people need religion to guide them? Or do you think humans instinctively know the difference between right and wrong?
Name some of the best things about being part of a community. How do shared beliefs help people bond and support each other?
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