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3 Stars Out Of 5
message : regaining family intimacy
March 11, 2014
i really like all of Corbin Bernsen's recent films (25 hill, rust, beyond the heavens). he was born into Hollywood, but seems to have a real grip on who his Creator is and crafts his recent films with faith clearly threaded into the fabric, without getting too 'in your face'. that makes it more accessible to the searchers who are on the fence, so to speak.... the film uses humor as it's vehicle of expression, but the main message here is reconnecting family in a world where electronics, driven schedules, and social morass have divided it....the main characters are 'normal', but surrounded by off beat characters. the humor misses, especially in the opening minutes (you have to be patient as the film is slow at first). some bad acting and lack of pronunciation, balanced by some good acting. have the impression it was filmed quickly...PG for some very mild rude slapstick humor and violence...good use of music and good extra messages by Bernsen about family...the youngest girl steals the show with her cuteness-her character hungers for God, but the family has become too busy and dad consumed by life, so she finds the Lord by watching hours of Christian TV. her quoting of Scripture throughout the film is in stark contrast to the slapstick 'home alone' humor of the story and makes everyone (and hopefully the viewer) stop and think about what God is saying. some may find that disrespectful to the Word of God, but i believe it is that very contrast that Corbin Bernsen is trying to achieve.... good film, with the above things considered. a little pricey, but it costs alot to make a quality film and i don't regret paying the price.