(2017) (Richard T. Jones, C. Thomas Howell) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A pastor and his family must contend with a life-changing event in their family that also involves two other families, none of which know each other.
- David Newman (RICHARD T. JONES) is an associate pastor at a large church where he's going to take over as senior pastor from his father, Farnsworth Newman (GREGALAN WILLIAMS). Married to Theresa (KIM FIELDS) and father to Junior (JAMES HOOPER) and his younger, 12-year-old brother, Eric (CALEB THOMAS), David is not only preparing for that change, but also overseeing plans for construction of an addition to the church, with help from church member Cecil King (T.C. STALLINGS) and hoping for zoning approval from Lisa Pearl (MARLISS AMIEA).
With nearly all of the available contractors booked up, David and Cecil are resigned to possibly working with John Danielson (C. THOMAS HOWELL), a brooding, down-on-his-luck builder with mounting bills and not much of the way in pending work. And he and his wife, Mary (RENEE O'CONNOR), have other concerns as their teenage daughter, Michelle (AMBER THOMPSON), has had her dreams of becoming a professional singer sidetracked by the discovery of a congenital heart disorder that means she needs a heart transplant as soon as possible.
Unbeknownst to either family, a teenager driver, Maria Hernandez (KAREN VALERO), is going to change all of their lives. Ignoring the demands of her restaurant owner mom, Kate (JACI VELASQUEZ), that she stop texting while driving, the 17-year-old does just that and accidentally drives into Eric when he's distracted and crossing the street. Declared brain dead, the family -- including David's mom, Patricia (DONNA BISCOE), must decide what to do, unaware that Eric's donated heart will ultimately go to Michelle. As that plays out, David's and others' faith comes into question as they try to figure out why God would allow this to happen, all while David's parents and others insist that everyone must keep the faith and put their trust into God's hands and plans.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- It's possible the strong religious storyline could draw in some kids with strong religious convictions.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For thematic elements.
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