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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Touching faith-based drama has violence, mature themes.

Movie PG-13 2012 92 minutes
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Unconditional is touching, well-acted, and directed. Christian faith is an underlying theme throughout, but it's not the only theme, and the filmmakers tell the story skillfully enough so that most viewers, believers or not, can reasonably expect to appreciate something here. Ealy and Collins are persuasive performers, and given the material – fatherless kids, a murdered young husband, a grieving widow, a mortally sick young man -- the tear-jerking potential here is high. If there is anything to find fault with, it may be that the movie is said to be based on events in the life of the real Joe Bradford, a black man who has been helping at-risk kids in Nashville for decades. For some reason, the filmmakers felt that the best way into the African-American Bradford's story is by focusing on Sam, a white protagonist, which feels like a less than ideal choice.

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