War Room

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Faith-based drama deals with marital discord, infidelity.
  • PG
  • 2015
  • 120 minutes
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Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Forgiveness and faith are the keys to letting anger go.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Miss Clara is kind and hopeful and mentors Liz just when she needs it. And Liz is determined to get to know herself and to better herself instead of trying to "fix" her partner. Some characters' advice feels close to gender steretoyping.

Violence

A man flashes a knife during a robbery. A man attacks another and threatens a woman. Loud arguments between a husband and wife.

Sex

A man takes a woman who's not his wife out to dinner. He checks her out, but that's it.

Language
Consumerism

Some product placement, including Sony, Vaio, and Toyota.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to a character stealing prescription drugs and considering selling them.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that War Room is a faith-based drama from the producers of CourageousFireproof, and Facing the Giants that follows the trajectory of a family going through some challenging times. As a result, the themes lean toward mature territory -- including infidelity, unemployment, and marital discord. While there's no language, sex, or drinking/smoking to worry about, it's possible that some scenes -- when a man tries to rob people with a knife, for example, or when a man shoves a woman -- could be upsetting for younger viewers (as could the idea of parents not getting along).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLauraDiaz September 4, 2015

Knocked My Socks Off!

I have seen a slew of "Christian" genre-based movies, and I confess, I have been quite critical of them. Cheesy-lines, unbelievable plot, low-quality... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 and 16 year old Written bymelissap3 September 4, 2015

Superb movie about the power of prayer

War Room is another well-done movie by the Kendrick brothers. I was privileged to read a copy of the novelization of this movie (by Chris Fabry) before it came... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byjesusfreak1020 August 30, 2015

Family-friendly

War Room was a fantastic film. I found the acting and cinematography (that may be misspelled) amazing. Courageous and Fireproof, two other movies by the Kendr... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCourtneyReview September 20, 2015

Spiritually inspiring

War Room is a wonderful movie teaching about the power of prayer. Even though it zeros in on marriage, the lessons are applicable to any life situation. The cha... Continue reading

What's the story?

High-powered couple Liz (Priscilla Shirer) and Tony Jordan (T.C. Stallings) seem to have everything: a big house, nice cars, well-paying jobs (he's a salesman, she's a real estate broker). But behind the glossy facade is a marriage that's fast unraveling. Tony is mean and distant, and Elizabeth is angry all the time. And their daughter is caught in the middle, her joy eroded by their disagreements. When Liz meets an elderly client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), who shares her own strategy for life -- she has a prayer room from which she talks to God about all of life's challenges -- Liz decides to establish her own version of a war room, with dramatic results.

Is it any good?

While this drama's script isn't fresh or surprising, and some advice veers toward gender stereotypes, deeply felt acting somewhat elevates WAR ROOM. Nearly all the actors are able to tap into an appealing authenticity that translates to the screen. And though it would have been easy to vilify those who wrong others, there's empathy for all the characters, even the disaffected ones. (Though that also lets them off the hook too quickly.)

It's too bad the film leans toward oversimplification (and that it somewhat suggests that a wife has to share the blame for how her husband treats her); it deserved a more nuanced script that didn't hit audiences over the head with its messages. Thank goodness for its sense of humor and some joyful moments (including an infectiously fun Double Dutch segment) -- they make the flaws nearly forgivable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how War Room depicts a family going through problems. How does the movie explore how kids are affected by their parents' marital issues? Is it relatable and realistic?

  • The film also explores the financial pressures families face these days in a world where consumerism runs rampant. How does it handle that subject?

  • Do you think only families/viewers who embrace the movie's faith-based messages will appreciate it? Why or why not?

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