The Lamp

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Faith-based twist on the genie-in-a-bottle story.

NR 2011 92 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 14+

A heartwarming story about loss, grief, and choosing to let go of the past.

This is a story about a real family, dealing with real struggles, and shows the viewer what happens when someone gets stuck in grieving the loss of a loved one. When healthy people get emotionally stuck, they know to seek help, keep talking through it, or work through the issue with the help of a therapist or church paraprofessional. Others -- like one of the characters of this story -- may be too distraught or stubborn to ask for help. That often wreaks relational havoc on the loved ones still living, and it will continue doing so until the individual either self-destructs or experiences some form of emotional disruption that jolts him or her back into the present. Watch the film to see how a magic lamp (actually the needs of the child next door) gets the character out of himself -- his recovery begins the moment he starts thinking more about the concerns of another than he does his own, and it is complete once he is able to sacrificially love another. I disagree with the Common Sense reviewer, who described this as a 'faith-based' story. There is not a single mention of God, for example, and the characters are never seen praying, reading scripture, or going to church. If anything, the storyline centering around 'just believe' could just as easily be experienced as a theme of Marianne Williamson's latest book or the name-it-and-claim-it crowd.

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