First note: King's Faith is rated PG-13. We ended up all watching it, and everyone from the 7 year old on up to Mom & Dad gave it two thumbs up. For the record, though, I doubt I would have been comfortable with my oldest guys watching this when they were seven. I think.
Now that I've got that out of the way, I just have to tell you that this movie is fabulous and thought-provoking, and was great for starting some interesting discussions with my teens (and almost-teen) especially.
About King's Faith:
Like I said above, everyone gave this movie two thumbs-up. There were some not-so-pleasant parts of the movie, and it doesn't give away a whole lot to spell out some of the things that might be objectionable for younger viewers. There is some violence, and the results of the violence (badly beaten kid, for instance). There is some stuff about drugs, but nothing "cool" or glamorous about it. Abortion is discussed briefly. The preview actually gives a pretty good idea as to the "why" for the PG-13 rating.Eighteen foster homes. Nine arrests. One life-changing moment.After Brendan King’s life spiraled to rock bottom, the teen found hope in a new relationship with Christ while serving time in a juvenile penitentiary. Recently released from prison, Brendan finds solace in the foster home of a couple struggling with suppressed grief.As the city-bred teen enrolls at a suburban high school, he finds support from a group of believers.
Yet the bonds of his old way of life—and the gang that wants to know where he hid their stash on a long-ago night—are strong. In his darkest moment, Brendan found faith. Now he must decide if it’s worth the price to hold on to it.
Brendan is really an appealing character, as are his 18th set of foster parents. The kids Brendan gets involved with at school are great, though maybe portrayed a bit too "Christian-geek."
My teens thought the best part of the movie was that good Christian people make the wrong choices at times, and becoming a Christian isn't portrayed as making it so you suddenly always do the correct thing and are always sure of where God is leading you.
My husband thought one of the best parts of the movie was that the conflict we were watching wasn't about Brendan becoming a Christian, it was about him living as one.
I loved that the characters were pretty much all at different places -- new to faith, solid in their faith, disillusioned about their faith, and more. Very few characters are one-dimensional (a couple of the minor ones are) and even when you are wanting to scream at them to make a different decision, you can look on and understand why they are where they are.
Great, great movie. Especially for teens. If your kids are younger, you probably want to watch it yourself and decide if they can view it or not.
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