(2017) (John Corbett, Nelson Lee) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A newly ordained Episcopalian minister tries to save a financially strapped church and the Burmese refugees who've come there to worship.
- Michael Spurlock (JOHN CORBETT) is a former paper salesman turned newly ordained Episcopalian minister who's moved to Smyrna, Tennessee with his wife, Aimee (CARA BUONO), and their son, Atticus (MYLES MOORE). Under Bishop Thompson's (GREGORY ALAN WILLIAMS) directive, Michael is to oversee the financially strapped All Saints Episcopal Church until its pending closure, demolition, and redevelopment into a large store.
Considering there are only a dozen or so attendees -- including recently widowed Vietnam veteran turned local farmer Forrest (BARRY CORBIN) -- Michael assumes his job will be easy. But things change when Burmese refugee and legal immigrant Ye Win (NELSON LEE) shows up.
Along with his wife and other survivors of the Burmese civil war, Ye Win is looking for a place for his people to live, work and worship, and Michael assists with all of that, including allowing them to farm an unused piece of church property. When he realizes how cold and callous the developers are, Michael kicks them out of the church and comes up with the idea that Ye Win and his fellow refugees can farm the land when they're not working at a local poultry plant, and the food they don't consume will be sold to pay the church's mortgage and other debts.
From that point on, they must contend with one setback after another, all of which leaves the church, the future of the Burmese refugees and Michael's understanding of God's will.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Unless they're a fan of someone in the film, it doesn't see that likely.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For thematic elements.
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