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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Drug-addicted gang member reforms in faith-based true story.

Movie PG-13 2015 105 minutes
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This movie overcomes early, clichéd moments depicting youthful bad judgment mostly owing to a winning performance by Patrick Davis in the title role. When movies are structured unimaginatively and adhere to conventions established by other unimaginative movies, direction and script give away all the dramatic tension from the start. You've seen the beleaguered mother, the dad who brought the family from somewhere for the better life and now has no job, the innocent little sibling who everyone wants to protect but who is clearly vulnerable and at risk. You've seen the man-child -- who thinks he's all grown up and knows everything –- act stupidly and tell his parents they don't know what they're talking about. And you've probably seen the troubled youth pull himself back from the edge with the help of good parents, a helpful preacher, and a newfound belief in God.

Yet by the end of Victor, solid performances and a heartfelt message deliver an emotionally true experience. And while this may not be everyone's cup of tea, if it moves a troubled kid to find his way to a decent life, then, hey, why complain?

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