A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids might learn a little about the foster care system.
Very strong faith-oriented message. Marriages are healed, grief is overcome, and relationships are created and strengthened thanks to faith and belief.
Positive Role Models
Stanley and Lisa learn to find the power in themselves to overcome their misfortunes. Josh sticks up for the other foster children and learns to keep a positive attitude while living in foster care.
Violence & Scariness
Flashbacks to the accident that took the life of a little boy, along with a similar close call of another character. Josh has anger issues and gets into a fistfight that isn't shown, but her injuries are seen, and she later deliberately throws a pitch in a rival's direction during a baseball game. A kid gets hit on the head with a home run ball and falls to the ground. Stanley also smashes the lamp with a hammer, and his arguments with Lisa early in the film are intense.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film about making your dreams come true is oriented around a family dealing with the grief of losing a child. It has some arguments and implied violence that might be difficult for younger viewers. The movie has a strong faith-oriented theme that could inspire some and turn off others. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Families looking for a wholesome, faith-based story about characters coming to grips with their misfortunes, need look no further than THE LAMP. It's a simple tale of believing in yourself and your own resources and initiative to improve your standing in life. It has a clear and inspiring lesson to impart, and the story is the conduit toward the message.
That said, families seeking something more than a message in their movie-watching may want to look elsewhere. Even with its twist on a classic theme, The Lamp drags in parts, and the story isn't the most original or creative. Families who have experienced adoption may especially find some of the film's story to be forced and far-fetched.
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