(2017) (Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: When his atheist wife suddenly turns religious, an investigative reporter tries to disprove the foundations of Christianity.
- It's 1980 and Lee Strobel (MIKE VOGEL) is a legal affairs reporter for the Chicago Tribune. His editor, Joe Dubois (FRANKIE FAISON), has assigned him to cover the story of a suspect, James Hicks (RENELL GIBS), who's allegedly shot a cop, Joseph Koblinsky (JUDD LORMAND), and is currently awaiting trial. But his biggest investigative piece is the result of a night out at a restaurant with his wife, Leslie (ERIKA CHRISTENSEN), and their young daughter, Alison (HALEY ROSENWASSER).
When the latter ends up with a gumball in their throat and is unable to breathe, Alfie Davis (L. SCOTT CALDWELL) springs into action. A nurse, she claims this was divine intervention, what with having planned on being at another restaurant but choosing this one instead. While thankful, Lee, an atheist, chalks that up to a fortunate coincidence, but Leslie, also an atheist, begins to have second thoughts. Accordingly, she seeks out answers from Alfie who ends up guiding her back to the church where Leslie rediscovers her long dormant and previously discarded Christianity.
None of that sits well with Lee who is nothing but a facts man, and nothing about Christianity adds up for him, a sentiment shared by his former mentor and fellow atheist, Ray Nelson (BRETT RICE), who had a daughter go through the same thing. When Lee brings all of this up to his devout coworker, Kenny London (MIKE PNIEWSKI), that man challenges Lee to do his due investigative reporter diligence and see if the original foundations of Christianity hold up under scrutiny.
As his marriage begins to wither from the growing divide between him and his wife, and as he continues to investigate Hicks' cop shooting case, Lee sets out to interview as many experts as possible, all in hopes of finding one or more holes in the origins of Christianity and thus return his wife to her former self.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're a fan of someone in the cast, it doesn't seem too likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For thematic elements including medical descriptions of crucifixion, and incidental smoking.
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