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The Gospel Review

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Though the concept serves as a soul-stirring showcase for contemporary inspirational performers, the writing and direction (both attributed to Rob Hardy) commit a multitude of sins.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Is this the modern version of "Going My Way," with those squabbling, heart-warming Irish Catholic priests mixing up pop songs and hymns? Well, in a way it almost is, though its mood is far different and it's set in a far different world that moves to a different tempo and has graver and more troubling social crises.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Like an Astaire and Rogers musical, this is a movie you don't go to for the dialogue.

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  • 80

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    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Rousing, affirmative entertainment.

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Iffy for 11+

R&B star comes home to look after ailing family.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes two scenes showing parents' deaths, and ongoing discussions about how to cope with such loss and the resulting anger and sadness. The film includes mildly sexual images (a husband and wife appear in bed together) and early on, an R&B dance performance featuring gyrating bodies. Focused on family tensions, the film includes various scenes showing discord between father and son, husband and wife, a couple trying to get back together, and former best friends. In an early scene, characters briefly smoke, dance suggestively, and drink in a red-lit nightclub. Later, in despair, a character drinks alone in his home, then while he is driving.

  • Families can talk about the long-standing hostility between father and son: assuming it's 15 years between their meetings, the son sustains and acts out his anger at his father in ways the film frames as self-destructive (his turn from the church to pop stardom, excessive sex and drinking). How do the son and father reconcile? How does their relationship mirror others in the film, between other family members (husbands and wives, in particular)? How does the movie present the church -- as a source of salvation, a site of corruption and self-interest, or a neutral ground where individuals are responsible for their own actions?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Some greed, some family tensions, competition and arguments between childhood friends.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Two scenes showing parents' deaths.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some sexual language and imagery (in an R&B concert, in a married couple's bedroom); no sex per se.

  • language false3

    Language: Very mild.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Thematic, in the sense that characters consider how to expand and essentially, "sell" the church.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking and smoking, clearly framed as self-destructive behavior.