Last night I picked up the movie Grace Card, produced by Calvary Church in Memphis, TN. The film companies behind Fireproof and Facing the Giants are also behind this great film. It tells a gripping story of Mac, a police officer embittered by the untimely death of his 5-year-old son. It’s now years later and his anger has taken its toll on his life and his family. Another tragedy strikes and threatens the life of his only remaining son. At times you’ll want to wring Mac’s neck and at other times, your heart will ache for him. You’ll be moved as its powerful message pierces your heart.
This movie is rated PG-13 due to some violence. (It is centered around the life of a police officer). There is no profanity or sexual content, but I wouldn’t recommend the movie for children.
Soul Surfer today. Wow! What a story and a testament to Christ and his power in one’s life! It’s a true story about Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer, who lost an arm to a shark attack. The movie is well done and worth the $21 spent for my daughters and I to see it. It is rated PG and I wouldn’t recommend it for real young children, but my girls are 10 and 11 and handled it fine. We had a great discussion afterwards about the scripture, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and the fact that our outlook in a bad situation can make the difference between God using it for good and his glory or us shriveling up with bitterness and anger. I do have to warn you though, take a box of tissues in with you because you’re going to need it.
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We rented Secretariat this weekend and greatly enjoyed it. It has a rating of PG, but I felt comfortable letting my girls, ages 9 and 11, watch with us. There was no sex, violence, or drug use. It was a great story about a race horse that made history. It’s based on true events. If you’re looking for a good family movie that doesn’t involve cartoon animation, then you might give this one a try. To view the movie trailer, click on the following link: Secretariat.
I guess this weekend was a movie one for me. After spending about 8 hours doing report cards on Saturday, I was spent. This afternoon I popped in another movie that I ran across at Blockbuster. It’s Ice Castles, starring skater Taylor Firth. It is a remake of a 1978 movie under the same title. I love figure skating and am a sucker for romance so I enjoyed the film. It does have a PG rating and probably wouldn’t appeal to younger kids anyway. My daughters, ages 9 and 11, liked it, but Kendall did say that there was too much kissing. LOL! (She hates kissing. If Ron and I want to clear her out of the room, we just have to start smooching and she’s gone. )
There is a romantic element to the movie, but no sex scenes and I don’t recall any foul language. They did not use skating doubles so the actors actually do their own skating. After viewing the film, I did a Google search on Taylor Firth, the actress in the leading role. I was pleased to find out that she was home-schooled and is a professing Christian. This movie didn’t get many stars from film critics, but I thought it was a good one with a great story line.
We just finished watching Romona and Beezus, and I must say it was worth the rental fee. In fact, I’d like to purchase this one. The girls and I laughed and cried. There was not one word of profanity, no violence, and the parents were not made out to look like know-nothing bumbling bafoons. The family portrayed was one that loved and supported one another while still being realistic about sibling squabbles. I think middle children could relate well to the main character. Ramona is a child caught in the middle. I highly recommend this great family entertainment, especially for elementary aged girls.
It seems that we’ve watched a few movies lately. If you have elementary aged kids a good one that we just saw was The Tooth Fairy. It was a very cute story and generated a lot of laughter from the girls. There was no profanity and it had a good message about the what-ifs in our lives. It encourages us to be dream builders and imagine the positive what-ifs of what we might be able to achieve.
Our family is always on the lookout for solid family movies. We found a good one this weekend. It’s called, “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry.” It’s rated PG for mild thematic elements, but was totally fine for our girls to watch. It’s a story of how one person’s faith can affect the lives of many.