Based on the story by The New York Times Best selling novelist Beverly Lewis, Saving Sarah Cain is all about a Portland city gal getting real. Her Pennsylvania Amish sister, who she had fond memories of, dies and on going to the funeral in an Amish community finds herself stuck with her sister's kids.
While the Amish want to keep the kids inside their "family", Sarah Cain thinks she can do it alone and raise the kids.
Bringing them to Portland with her, she comes to see that city life is NOT whats best for the kids.
Their public school life is a less than satisfying experience. The temptations of the "outsiders" world are pretty well shown as fellow students demonstrate their worldly ways.
Without giving away too much of the film, lets just say this is about Sarah Cain's coming of age, realizing the Amish have it right after all.
Elliot Gould does a fine job being the Portland newspaper's boss of Sarah, but he exploits her experiences with the 5 kids so it can go to print. The kids find out their lives have been daily installments in the public domain and all hell breaks loose.
The eldest child, a girl of 16, can become the guardian of the younger childeren, but she has to be 2 more years with Sarah in the city before she has legal guadianship.
2 years, no 2 months in the city public schools are not enough for her. Too many sinful things happen as she find out in various ways.
Leading the charge to get the hell out of Portland, the eldest girl gets everyone back to Pennsylvania's Lancaster County, home of the Amish there.
A pretty good movie, more for television than the big screen, but still worth watching. Produced by Michael Landon, Jr., son of Michael Landon (Bonanza, Little House on the Prarie, etc.).
Several memorable moments especially at the end of the film. Wait for those moments.