A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages positive character strengths like perseverance.
Clear message about asking for help and believing in miracles. If you believe and have faith, God can do miracles. Also a positive message about acceptance: Accepting a situation doesn't mean you're giving up, but rather surrendering in order to let go and move on.
Positive Role Models
Ethan is a very positive character. He faces challenges but is full of faith and is encouraging to others. Throughout the film, he provides and gives hope to Connor to keep believing. Connie keeps telling Connor to have faith, that miracles can happen, and not to give up on himself. Connor perseveres in his turkey quest.
The film is centered on a White man. There are several positive female characters of varying ages, including teens, but their roles are largely to uplift or be supportive of the male characters. The one Black character in the film, Ethan (Cameron Arnett) is an unhoused man whose character seems mostly there to give the White main character wisdom and advice.
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Violence & Scariness
(Potential spoiler alert!) There are two characters who have cancer/a terminal illness and die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters share a brief kiss.
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Products & Purchases
Products/brands seen in the film include Coca-Cola, Butterball, Shamrock Gas Station, Ace Hardware, Pillsbury, El Monterey, Del Monte, Campbells, Kraft, Kroger, Swanson, Kellogg's, Lays, and Maruchan. Hobby Lobby is mentioned in conversation.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Great Turkey Town Miracle is a faith-based holiday drama inspired by real events. It follows a man named Connor (Angus Benfield) who must find 4,000 turkeys for a local shelter's annual Thanksgiving meal. While there's very little iffy content in the movie, the fact that Connor has (spoiler alert) lost both his wife and his best friend to cancer could be upsetting for some viewers. Two characters do share a kiss, and quite a few brands are seen or mentioned by name. Positive messages about faith, acceptance, perseverance, and encouragement are clear, but the film lacks diverse representation. Both the film's lone notable Black character and most of the female characters are largely in the story to support the White male main character. Given that the film is faith-based, expect references to God, faith, and miracles throughout the movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This feel-good drama is based loosely on real-life events, as well as the "loaves and fishes" story from the Bible. The storyline is predictable, and some of the subplots mesh awkwardly (or not at all) with the main story. Some of the acting feels forced, and Ethan's role as a quasi guardian angel for Connor plays into cinematic cliches. But, all of that said, The Great Turkey Town Miracle is still a heartwarming, family-friendly holiday flick with positive messages.
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