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"COURAGEOUS"
(2011) (Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Four deputies in a Georgia sheriff's office must contend with increased drug trafficking in their county, all while contemplating their various roles as different kinds of fathers.
PLOT:
In the sheriff's office of an Albany, Georgia county, veteran deputies Adam Mitchell (ALEX KENDRICK) and Shane Fuller (KEVIN DOWNES), along with second-year officer David Thomson (BEN DAVIES), welcome transfer deputy Nathan Hayes (KEN BEVEL) to their fold. 40-year-old Adam is a family man, married to Victoria (RENEE JEWELL) and father to teenager Dylan (RUSTY MARTIN) and his 9-year-old sister, Emily (LAUREN ETCHELLS). But he's not as close to his kids as he could be, especially Dylan who sees his father as emotionally distant and not involved.

Shane, meanwhile, has a son he only occasionally gets to see, while David doesn't know much about parenting and not much more about God and religion, something the guys talk about often. That includes Nathan who is also married, and is raising their three kids -- including 15-year-old Jade (TAYLOR HUTCHERSON) -- with his wife, Kayla (ELEANOR BROWN). Having never known his biological father, Nathan wants to be a great dad, even if that means keeping her away from older teenager Derrick (DONALD HOWZE). And that's a good thing, because -- unbeknownst to them -- Derrick has just been initiated into a drug-dealing gang run by the ruthless T.J. (T.C. STALLINGS).

At the same time, construction worker Javier Martinez (ROBERT AMAYA) has been laid off from his job, something that worries his wife, Carmen (ANGELITA NELSON), as they have bills to pay and two young kids to raise and feed. After praying to God for an answer, and thanks to a case of mistaken identity, Adam ends up hiring Javier to do some work around his house, and he soon becomes one of the deputies' close friends. But when tragedy strikes, the various men end up rethinking their roles as dads and contemplate the effect that absent or uninvolved fathers has on crime in their community.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Those who liked "Facing the Giants" and/or "Fireproof" and know of the connection between those films and this one might be interested in seeing it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some violence and drug content.


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