I hope you’ll go see the movie, Courageous, at the theaters this weekend. Why this weekend? Did you know that the more people who see a movie the first weekend it’s out, the more widely distributed and more successful it will be? And we all know that we need more movies to teach us, and our kids, about living a life of honor. I’ve told you before how much I loved the movie, Fireproof – do you know anyone with marriage problems? All the answers are in that movie. It was a tad cheesy at times (and the one before it even more so, called Facing the Giants), but the people who make these movies keep improving, so I’m sure this one will be even better.
The movie has a PG-13 rating, but I’m still taking our 6, 9, and 12 year old to see it. (Our 19 year old, Kal, won’t go, the others were too cheesy for him, unfortunately…) I looked it up on my favorite site to check movies, TV, music ratings, etc., PluggedIn.com, and here’s what it said:
More violent than previous Sherwood Baptist movies (Fireproof and Facing the Giants), Courageous isn’t so much a movie for the whole family as it is a movie for the benefit of the whole family. Discernment should be used in deciding how young is too young to watch drug dealers shooting at and fighting with policemen.
The entire Plugged In review of Courageous was worth reading, and explains where the positive and negative elements are in the film so you can decide if it’s right for your young kids. (I have the Plugged In App!)
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Courage to do the right thing is always on the top of my list and its easy when the road is paved. It’s not easy when it goes against the grain.
It’s a delicate balance respecting those in “law inforcement” and expecting honesty and a transparency of the inner workings of such organizations.
I have compassion for the protesting young ones in NYCity now, going against the grain, still marching peacefully and, at the same time, getting pepper gas or worst, by the NYPD. I hope the officer that is being investigated, if not covered up, does receive some re-training and suffers whatever works to wake him up to the inappropriate attack to unarmed, non-violent protesters. Perhaps, if he becomes unemployed for a few months, he’ll understand the frustrations of not being able to pay rent, pay back a student loan, or feed one’s kids while those in the banking industry walk away, having the governement bail them out of their own mismanagement.
My largest conflict is with violence of all kinds. Yet, I’m fully aware that not everyone plays life by the same rules. My job, as an individual, is to keep my side of the street clean. I didn’t cause the violence, can’t cure it and certainly can’t control it. I don’t have ‘real’ violence in my life but I know that the young people being sent back from the current wars are not greeted at the airports, face unemployment and are killing themselves every day. The current suicde rate is 17 young adults a day. It takes my breath away.
The PTSD is rampant. Professionals are scambling to help these ‘war survivors’ and attempting to let them know that the guns that saved their lives in the East are nto to be used to solve their problems here. It starts basic and goes from there.
That is what I find tragic. Divorce is unfortunate, uncomfortable, but not nearly as tragic. I pray to find out where I belong next, to be of service to these young men and women attempting to re-enter a world that does not want to know the details of their unspeakable experiences that no one should have to live through. I pray for the stength to do whatever is needed of me in order to help another to simply want to stay alive, then eventually, thrive.
Thanks for the movie suggestion, Kelly. It’s important to take action, no matter what, demonstrate love no matter what AND pray for the Grace to do both.
Kelly the Kitchen Kop says
Well it definitely had its cheesy moments, but WOW. What a powerful movie with an even more powerful message, definitely a must-see! Warning: bring your Kleenex.
Here’s an interesting article on it this morning: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-1003-box-office-20111003,0,4970300.story
“Courageous” also played well in what Sony Distribution President Rory Bruer described as the heartland. The picture, made by sibling minister-filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, is about four police officers who look to God when devastated by a tragedy. Produced by Affirm Film, the Sony division that acquires projects with religious themes, the movie had a budget of only $2 million.
“Courageous” got off to an even better start than “Fireproof,” the Kendricks’ 2008 film featuring “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron as a firefighter struggling to keep his marriage together. That movie, made for about $500,000, opened to $6.8 million and ultimately collected $33.5 million worldwide.
“Quite frankly, a lot of the people who came out to see ‘Courageous’ this weekend probably haven’t seen a movie since ‘Fireproof,'” acknowledged Bruer. “There are certainly folks out there that are looking for inspirational movies of this ilk.”
Those who saw “Courageous” this weekend — 77% of whom were over the age of 25 — loved it, giving it an average grade of A+, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
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