(2016) (Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A child with a rare, incurable disease is miraculously cured, baffling medical professionals and her family.
- Christy (JENNIFER GARNER) and Kevin Beam (MARTIN HENDERSON) live a good and honorable life in Texas. The happily married couple are parents to three beautiful daughters, operate a veterinary clinic that is expanding, and are faithful churchgoers under the kindly guidance of Pastor Scott (JOHN CARROLL LYNCH). But one night, their middle child, Anna (KYLIE ROGERS) wakes up with extreme stomach pain, and they rush her to the hospital. What follows are several weeks where Anna's condition is diagnosed as being everything from possible food poisoning to lactose intolerance.
Eventually, though, her pain becomes worse and her belly protrudes to an alarming size. She is finally and correctly diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease and referred to a pediatric specialist, Dr. Nurko (EUGENIO DERBEZ), in Boston. He puts her on a special drug treatment that he hopes will at least ease some of her symptoms and allow her to eat some food. While in Boston, they make friends with a quirky waitress named Angela (QUEEN LATIFAH), who keeps their spirits up. Meanwhile, Kevin has mortgaged the farm and his practice to the limit, and he has to shoulder most of the responsibilities of caring for their other two daughters, teenage Abbie (BRIGHTON SHARBINO) and youngster Adelynn (COURTNEY FANSLER).
Running low on funds, faith, and hope, the Beams ultimately come to learn that Dr. Nurko's long-shot treatment is not working, and so they stop the twice-monthly visits to Massachusetts. Then, one day, Abbie and Anna climb a tall tree outside the family house. A branch breaks, and Anna goes falling down the old tree's hollowed-out center. Remarkably, she is rescued by paramedics and firefighters with only a few scrapes and bruises. Even more remarkable, the fall seems to have reset her body and quite possibly cured her, something that no one inside or outside of the medical profession can explain.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Yes, especially Christian children who attend church on a regular or semi-regular basis. The three kids in the movie play very prominent roles.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For thematic material, including accident and medical images.
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