Unfortunately, the emphasis on what God wants has a way of overwhelming who Caleb and Catherine are as characters.
For a non-Christian to critique a Christian film to me is either mean-spirited or stupid, or both. It's like a food critic that doesn't like spicy food critiquing a Mexican or Indian restaurant, and then reporting, "The food is too spicy."
Oct 3 - 06:40 AM
"For a non-Christian to critique a Christian film to me is either mean-spirited or stupid, or both"HA! you degrade the film more than anyone
Oct 5 - 11:56 AM
already said this about another review. Think up new crap.
Nov 22 - 09:51 AM
Dead on Comment.The rating percentage is a meter of how many of the reviewers are able to comprehend God's power and Holiness.Currently about 39% get it and the majority are like deaf & blind trying to explain what they can not see or hear.God's Word when it enters people's lives changes everything - for the better.ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER MADE!!!
Jan 24 - 12:37 PM
Totally agree. Some many people live in the dark yet refuse to see light. Very sad, may God bless them, and my everyone be happy! :-)
Oct 29 - 04:04 PM
Totally agree. So many people live in the dark yet refuse to see the light. How sad. May God bless them, and may everyone be happy! :-) (I am so sorry for my terrible typing :P)
Oct 29 - 04:05 PM
Mar 4 - 03:29 PM
I have yet to watch this movie, so I probably shouldn't even be posting a comment, but I couldn't help myself. Your statement "the emphasis on what God wants has a wat of overwhelming who Caleb and Catherine are" is a great statment. You may think that there is something wrong with that, however I believe the film makers were right to make it that way. Life is supposed to be about what God wants, if we make it about us then we have taken God out of His place in our lives.
I pray that others will see it this way too. With God all things are possible and without Him nothing or no one has meaning.
God Bless You All!
Oct 4 - 12:00 PM
DUH!!!!!!!! that's what the film makers were trying to achieve.... so apparently it worked.
Oct 4 - 11:53 PM
Who they were as characters in their own right were shallow, selfish people. The fact that they got on board with "what God wants" actually made the story uplifting, instead of another depressing "character drama" in which everything falls apart and leaves you with no hope. I watch many, many films each year, and this movie is one of the best romances I've seen in a while. Honestly though, who expected it to get good reviews? The cross is offensive to the world and the wisdom of God is foolishness to them.
Oct 10 - 06:37 AM
preach it brotha!
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Jan 31 - 11:09 PM
Agree, the best movie I have seen, and found it immensely uplifting and enjoyable. Sorry that I am not a Christian, sure I have a lot of respect for the Christian faith now though.
Oct 29 - 04:08 PM
Face it, Catherine is a gold digger and is intent on finding whomever will spend money on her. You really need to look at what's happening in the script/storyline here folks. This has little to do with God's will or faith...it has to do with Caleb giving up that he's a male and capitulating to everything that Catherine wants...Face it, the 40 day program does NOTHING for Catherine...at the end, the ONLY thing that does it for Catherine is whomever spends the most money on her...I think you REALLY need to read the review of this flick at www.fromwhereistand.info ...this write has been on hiatus for a while but really gets to the meat of this chick quickly!
Nov 2 - 07:10 PM
well said!to larry if you think shes a gold-digger you know nothing about women. Her husband hadn't been there for her emotionally in years, he spent his time looking at porn and being sloth. He didnt run errands on his days off and he never offered to help her mother. When he sacrificed his desire to get a boat to help his mother in law thats when she realized he was in it 100%.
Mar 4 - 03:33 PM
well said!to larry if you think shes a gold-digger you know nothing about women. Her husband hadn't been there for her emotionally in years, he spent his time looking at porn and being sloth. He didn't run errands on his days off and he never offered to help her mother. When he sacrificed his desire to get a boat to help his mother in law thats when she realized he was in it 100%.
Mar 4 - 03:35 PM
No I don't agree. In real life money matters. And I am not surprised to see her relunctant to reject her new love interest believing this was the person who really loved her and really willing to cater to her needs. She did not know her husband's real intentions, she was too hurt from his selfish behavour. I would not blame her for being confused, who wouldn't if you really put yourself in her shoes. I think the storyline is realistic and convincing, and gives us a lot of idea to love better and make life work better. May you be happy sincerely :-)
Oct 29 - 04:14 PM
are you an idiot?? the movie has nothing to do with catherine getting money! maybe you dont understand, but the movie was WRITTEN, directed, and starred in by people from the same church. The message they wanted to tell was about God's love for us and our love for each other. They didn't get it confused between the people who wrote the story to the actors who they probably see every sunday in church!
Nov 30 - 12:35 PM
Maybe this movie should just played in churches This is a low budget disaster that has duped a lot of christians. A fool and his money are soon parted.
Jan 6 - 06:25 PM
No I don't agree. I am not a Christian pe ser, yet I immensely enjoyed this movie and its message. In fact I found the approach advocated by this movie has a lot of similarities with some of the couple counselling techinics that I have approached such as 'Imago Therapy'. I believe movies like this one needs to be shown to the general public not just the religious congragation, to fill in the moral vacumn that our mainstream pop culture has been suck us all in. Whether or not you agree with the message depends individual circumstances. Personally I have come a long way to appreciate the message, and I am glad that it is time for the hope that love is not a disposable, and that we were not born to break hearts.
Oct 29 - 04:30 PM
Maybe the "very" religious people who are so upset by an honest review should accept this persons opinion and move on. Tell the truth, it doesn't really matter if the movie is bad or not, you would all promote it as movie of the year just the same because it falls into what you consider to be just. The actual quality of the movie has nothing to due with your opinions whatsoever. Ha, that's the power of blind faith. Good intentions doesn't make a movie successful. While I respect what this movie was trying to do, the movie itself was really bad. Had they put more creativity in the dialogue and plot, and maybe given the actors some lessons in acting, this movie could have been something. This movie failed as a movie, even if it had a strong and good natured message.
Jan 30 - 01:17 PM
Yeah,we don't want to listen to what God wants do we? Ignorance.
Feb 13 - 09:34 AM
...Ummmm. That kinda was the point....Mission accomplished.
Feb 22 - 06:00 AM
I just don't see how this marriage was really savable because Catherine was so willing to walk out, being cold and loveless throughout the movie. I wanted to see more of a transformation other than of the "then a miracle happened" variety.
Mar 11 - 08:29 AM
The good thing is that the movie generated a big profit so, the producers will have more resources to improve the quality on the next films, so the people who have discredited this film for its "technical deficiences" and "poor acting" will have not arguments then.
When God is behind something, no matter who is against it.
Sep 5 - 10:07 PM
That's right brotha! long live Allah!
Nov 24 - 07:33 PM
Thanks for the good news, I am glad to know that the movie did well financially. :-)
Oct 29 - 04:31 PM
It seems to me that understanding love and God was the key to saying there marriage. Just as God has saved many lives.
May 2 - 09:59 AM
Yes, God is always there for us whether we could see it or not.
Oct 29 - 04:32 PM
I'm a pastor's son... I've read theology and I have studied proper film making (becaue I aspire to be a film director). I really wanted to like this movie, but it was overall a pathetic excuse for a movie that was supposed to evangelize. Poor screenwriting (have you ever heard firemen talking?), poor characters, and poor acting. I like the message, don't get me wrong, but they failed to connect with a non-Christian audience by making it cheesy.If you want to accurately portray the troubles and darkness that comes with broken marriages, don't hold back. Show every single detail with brutal honesty. Don't add cheese to it by carefully not putting things in there that would come across as offensive to some people. Life is offensive. We can't live in our shells forever.That's the only way you'll connect with Nonbelievers. Do you want to see a better movie that portrays the Christian message well?Check out Tender Mercies with Robert Duvall. Check out The Road (it was marketed towards Christians and it's a metaphor for a world without the church) with Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, and (yet again) Robert Duvall. Check out Chariots of Fire with Nicholas Farrell. Check out The Exorcism of Emily Rose with Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, and Jennifer Carpenter (if you can sit through it). Check the true story about the Catholic finding it within himself to take down the double-agent who did the biggest security breach in US history called Breach (with Laura Linney, Chris Cooper, and Ryan Phillipe). Check out Amazing Grace with Ioan Gruffudd.The list goes on. My point? Putting a Christian message in a movie isn't going to add to the quality of it at all if all you have is garbage. I was greatly disappointed when I saw this movie because of what I heard about it beforehand. The radiospots seemed to make it like this great Christian drama that will make me cry my eyes out (and that's actually pretty easy to do with movies). I'm glad if it made you change your life, your perception on marriage or love, or God. Just don't criticize others if it didn't reach out and touch them. Some people actually look for quality in their movies... if they see that the filmmakers didn't bother doing that for the sake of political correctness, then there's no point in even trying. I've seen worst movies, don't get me wrong. But this is certainly one of the biggest disappointments I've ever felt in movies (and I've seen a lot of them).
Feb 2 - 05:43 PM
You are so wrong. I immensely enjoyed the movie and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of its production. And I am not a Christian pe ser, my only spiritual practice so far in life consists yoga, meditation and taichi, nothing Christian. Before this movie, I had a much deep-seated distrust in Christianility, maybe I still do, yet this movie has helped me develop a great sense of respect for the Christian faith. By the way I agree with much the message preached by the movie.
Oct 29 - 04:37 PM
By the way, what is the point of posting the same message 8 times! I have to flag the other 7 spams. Please take responsibilty of your behavours. Your behavour lend much discredibility to your words. May God love you and help you. Cheers
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Feb 2 - 05:47 PM
I must say your either stupid or just along the same lines as the rest of the pathetic critics on this site and others. This move like others from these pastors are brilliant, touching, moving, and well just plain inspiring. You are closed minded and nieve. you should be fired!
Jun 22 - 06:23 PM
I am with Bro. It is sad to see ignorant and irresponsible people take up postions that can have so much influence over the genreal public. No wonder this is no much misery in the world when we are constantly fed with these valueless crap. May there be truth, may there be peace and may there be love. :-)
Oct 29 - 04:45 PM
Sorry, this is 'No wonder there is so much misery', not 'No wonder this is no much misery'. Please excuse my bad typing. Cheers and Best Wishes!
Oct 29 - 04:47 PM