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FAITH AFFIRMING MOVIES NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
June is the month in which we celebrate fathers and in doing so we’d like to showcase some of the best movies available about fatherhood.
A LETTER TO DAD
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Dan Donahue (Thom Matthews) has finally met the woman of his dreams. But on the night he is going to propose, he is overcome by deep-rooted anger caused by the father who abandoned him as a boy. Dan confronts his feelings of bitterness head on as he pours out his heart in a letter to his father.
As Dan writes, we see his life unfold, feeling his pain and ultimate joy, as we watch him grow from young boy to troubled teen and finally into a strong, spiritual man. In the end it is Dan’s father, played brilliantly by John Ashton (Beverly Hills Cop I,II, III) who must face his own failures as a father in a climactic one on one meeting with the son he left behind.
Based on a true story, A Letter to Dad is a touching story of how faith and love can overcome a lifetime of pain and anger.
Dove Review: “This is a movie which needs to be seen!”
This is a well crafted story. The theme is that fathers need to be there for their kids and this movie very strongly shows what happens when they’re not. Dan Donahue meets a young woman he falls for. However, his memories of the father he adored, and yet who often ignored him, are painful. He writes a letter to his dad in order to make peace.
He reflects about the times his father would pick him up following the divorce from his mother, and how his dad would go drink or do very little with him. His father’s bitterness towards his mother was constantly something his young ears heard. His temper was something his father couldn’t seem to get past.
There are some scenes of partying, including the smoking of marijuana and drinking; but there are consequences including their depression and a girl’s suicide; and young Dan wakes up to realise he needs to move on with his life.
He turns to God and there is a brief but nice church scene in the film.
We are pleased to award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. Even the music, composed by Matt Gates, is terrific in this movie. This is a movie which needs to be seen! It is nice to see such a powerful drama with no crude language or profanities. .– www.dove.org
(Sun 5 June ‘16: MNet 20:05 & MNet Movies Premiere 20:30)
PITCH PERFECT 2
PG 13SL – NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING
Following an incident involving Fat Amy and a wardrobe malfunction at the Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas are suspended from the circuit of A Capella performing. In order to regain their status, the Bellas enter the international competition, a colossal task seeing as how no American team has ever won.
“Pitch Perfect 2” features a lot of talent including stars Anna Kendrick and Hailee Steinfeld, who harmonizes with her. It’s an underdog story about the Barden Bellas, who are viewed as having no original voice. They are suspended from their college and have to win the international competition to be reinstated. The movie focuses on music and humor, with Rebel Wilson taking charge in that category. In one scene she does a very funny dance as she marches toward the man she loves.
The girls bond as they go through peaks and valleys and prepare for the big competition. Judging by the audience at the early screening I saw, this movie is definitely geared toward high school and college women. The Bellas pull out all the stops for their big final number. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t stay within our Dove parameters due to a lot of sexual innuendos and comments, not to mention the use of strong language. So it cannot receive our Dove “Family-Approved’ Seal. – www.dove.org
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