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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Advocates spiritual faith as a means of redemption. Promotes honesty, finding one's righteous path, commitment, loyalty, and self-examination.
Positive Role Models
Shallow, greedy hero learns life lessons about values, love, family, and self-worth based on good works. All small-town characters are depicted as generous, hard-working, loyal, and spiritually engaged and exhibit grace despite hard times. All corporate characters are unscrupulous, greedy, dishonest, manipulative, and amoral.
Violence & Scariness
An FBI SWAT team with guns drawn enters a business office; workers run, hide, and are briefly chased.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plot centers on a child born to a single mom without the father's knowledge.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (wine, hard liquor) in numerous scenes. Character states, "I need a drink, a real drink." A reference to someone who was fired because of a drug addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Turn Around Jake is a drama with a faith-based message about one man's journey from the corrupt greedy business world to the homespun values of small town and family. Set in the hyper-driven corporate world in Los Angeles and a small church-centered town in Texas, Jake's "turn around" brings no surprises and no subtlety. Other than a plot that includes a single never-married mom, a sequence in which an FBI SWAT team raids a large company with guns drawn, and the image of some characters consuming alcohol (no drunkenness), the movie is basically harmless and meant to provide another look at the possibilities of redemption in a challenging world. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Good intentions are simply not enough -- this low-budget, amateurish production disappoints on every level. With very few exceptions, the performances are weak; the story is derivative; and the writing and directing are simplistic, completely without subtlety or grace. Everyone's trying hard; everyone involved thinks the message is worth the effort. And, as satisfying as it might be to watch a character struggle with values and past mistakes and find spiritual solace, it doesn't happen here.
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