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Parents' Guide to

Where Hope Grows

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Moving faith-based friendship drama not just for believers.

Movie PG-13 2015 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Beware the PG-13 rating

We had an afternoon available and took my 12 yr old son to watch this moving thinking it would be a feel good, Christian, good message type movie. Was not at all prepared for the very adult subject matter. The other person's review really downplayed the "bad boyfriend" and no I'm not at all a prude. The opening scene is of teenagers having sex or getting ready to have sex. It's not a quick screen shot, it's a long drawn out scene and IMO very mature for the rating of PG-13. The storyline is decent, overall good message, but keep in mind it's also just as the description provided of heavy adult topics/content. Was also not ready for the attempted rape scene either. Couldn't it have been a fight that leads the climax, if after all the storyline was suppose to be about the unlikely friendship? And then you have the adultery content... honestly too much sex-related content for a PG-13 movie. I know many parents take their 9+ old child to PG-13 movies, but I don't think it's even appropriate for 13 yr olds. This movie pushes the boundaries of the rating too much.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 2+

Great movie!

They do not use God's Name in vein.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

In the genre of faith-based cinema, this is one of the rare movies that doesn't feel like an evangelical tract. It's a well-acted and engaging story of how the unlikeliest of people can influence you in the best of ways. Yes, there are Christian messages strewn throughout the movie, but it's subtler than many in the genre. Polaha is expertly cast as a washed-up former ballplayer who doesn't know what to do with his life, and his chemistry with DeSanctis is so sweet that their scenes together are the best the movie has to offer.

Despite a few structural missteps -- like tacking on a subplot about Calvin's best friend, Milt (William Zabka), worrying that his wife (Danica McKellar) is having an affair, or making Katie's "bad boy" boyfriend Colt (Michael Grant) so unlikable that it's difficult to understand why she'd even bother with such a stalkerish creep -- Where Hope Grows is a movie that will grow on audiences. Produce and Calvin's friendship is so gentle and endearing that even the sentimental moments don't feel overly precious in this well-done exploration of redemption through kindness.

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