Courageous, takes faith-based value system used in previous Sherwood Pictures films and applies it family. It may not have over-the-top special effects or CGI like other films today, but it does have action, chase scenes, and a solid story that will keep your attention. Have some tissues ready when you see it. There are moments that will make you cry broken up with scenes that will make you laugh.
Just when I thought "Dumb & Dumber" was the movie in which I could relate to Jeff Daniels the most, this movie comes along. He plays an awkwardly eccentric unappreciated writer. Although, that's where my comprehension of the character ends. Most of the movie he's relenting the fact that he hasn't had a child yet, and therefore creates a father-daughter relationship with the first teenage girl he finds.
An issue I did have with the movie is that it made the main character out to be psychologically unhealthy for having an imaginary friend. If that's crazy then I must be absolutely mad. I have a theater of imaginary friends. I call them characters. I stitch them into the pages of my books and send them out into the world to be born into the imagination of all my readers.
This movie has taught me that we can learn a lot from true stories. With the all-star cast line up, I was thinking the spiritual message would be incredibly watered down. The movie started out much to my expectation, since the only scripture quoted were the overly marketed verses (Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:13... and the "Blues Brothers" quote finds its way in there too, "God works in mysterious ways"). But the movie unfolded to be more than just a typical sports story about overcoming hard obstacles with the theme of God gently sprinkled into the mix. It's a story about how God can use any situation, and sometimes the obstacles in the world are there to remind us there are more important things out there... like God.
By the end of the movie, I was ready to go surfing. I just wish Texas would hurry up and fall into the ocean so that would be a little bit easier for me.
Finally, a movie that combines all the stigmas of a High School Musical movie with all the stigmas of a Christian movie. The script and the acting were exactly as you might expect. However, unlike most Christian films this was about as spiritually touching as the "religious" episode of Glee. The message cut no deeper than a High School Musical movie. It was just about putting differences aside and working together, like I couldn't get that from watching the Disney Channel. Unless you're me, you probably have better things to do with your time.
Yes, I JUST watched this movie for the first time. Maybe I should have seen it sooner, but I felt like a majority of this film was entirely predictable. I had most of it figured out just from watching the trailer. There were a few surprises along the way, but nothing all that worthwhile considering the predictable nature of the overall storyline. Just like many other inspiring films based on a true story it has that usual cheerful conclusion where they show clips of the real life people who inspired the movie. Very typical. So if you like seeing movies like that, and for some reason you haven't seen this one yet, then go ahead and watch this, you may really enjoy it.