Walking with Herb

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Awkward faith-based comedy has decent characters, messages.

PG 2021 107 minutes

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age 10+

Conversational Intelligence

If you watch golf on TV, this is a most humorous parody. The characters are loveable and the messages are hopeful and thought-provoking. Herb starts a conversation on God's behalf. Once Joe engages in this "possibility" with Herb, the journey begins. They co-create the outcome with Joe's family, the Media, the skeptical golf industry and with each other. Everyone has to do their part, especially Joe who is feeling afraid of failing his mission and damaging his faith even more. I see lots to talk about with kids. Joe's anger and self-doubt; his courage; his insightful wife; his friends who pitch in; the other guy's supportive caddy; the contrast in behavior between Joe and his opponent; the sharing of information between the two wives and Joe's daughter in the final game. There's lots going on while the journey is unfolding. There was a plan and there were hopes, but as these various conversations unfold the expected results do not remain the same. New possibilities are being created through the grace being shared via the connections. You don't realize that you are watching a miracle in the making. In the practice of demonstrating Conversational Intelligence (Dr. Judith Glaser on Amazon), we Ask Questions for Which We Have No Answers, Listen to Connect, and Co-create via exploratory conversations. There's no set agenda except to have all sides involved in an extraordinary dialogue. Herb sets out a premise but the conversations transform the results. There is one time that God seems to interfere when he sends a bird (The Holy Spirit) to change the direction of a ball in flight, but largely the miracles are eminating from the grace and gentle communication that Herb and Joe's family are role modeling. God is working through the characters. They turn the results over to God, and start to listen, observe, react authentically, and to speak from a position of grace. Is the mindset of turning things over to God a way to let go of controlling the situations and other people? On a daily basis, this type of calmness and surrender is not easy. The movie does a good job at the end of making the viewer feel caught up in the fear of loss and fierce competition coming from Joe's opponent. My favorite moment is when Joe connects emotionally with his opponent. It is in that moment that Joe shifts the situation towards true success and demonstrates the power of his faith. You can feel God smiling. Another interesting character is the other caddie. Herb starts to get a lot of help as these various secondary characters step forward to help the original plan become an actual miracle. This is an inspiring drama-comedy that is a blue print for what is possible in daily life. If we can see how to access grace and miracles through blessed conversations with ourselves and others, we can experience what Joe did on an every day basis. Blessed are the children who can learn this early in life. Starting the conversation with them now, may help the adults learn it too.

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age 8+

So Funny

George Lopez and Eddie Olmos are so funny together. My Kids enjoyed the movie and the adults did as well. Go with an open mind ready to laugh.

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