My concern is that this company is a Mormon company that changed its title from A Mormon Romance to a Christian Romance. They even changed the names of the actors. I just caution people to recognize that even though it is a nice story and a nice movie. It is not Christian. If you freeze frame the scene where Belle looks like she is reading the Bible and then Eric throws it in the pool, look closely. It says the book of Neph or Joseph. It is not a book in the Bible. This is a nice movie, with a nice Christian sounding message, but the company is not Christian and it was originally called a Mormon Romance.
I recently viewed this movie and was initially quite pleased as it was family friendly. The ending left me puzzled as the actors kept alluding to the idea that "God wants me to be happy"... our happiness is not promised anywhere in scripture, only that the joy of the Lord is our strength. --I followed up to see if I could find more titles that were generally wholesome and family-friendly. What I have found so far is that this film is referred to as a "Latter-Day production", and was filmed in Utah. I'm not all-together certain, but I believe this may be a production affiliated with the Mormon faith. It is misleading as the title explicitly states "A Christian Romance". No outright Mormon faith is found in the film itself (that I can recollect), but I was not pleased with the aforementioned statement of "God wants us to be happy." This statement is not consistent with scripture nor the underlying promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
I have to say I loved the Disney animated classic of The Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps this one is even better, minus the music of course. I had no clue what I was getting into with this flick, but it didn't take me long to figure out that this was a Christian film that I could honestly say I truly enjoyed. My goal is to review all of the Christian movies I can find. As I watch them, I always have a critical eye upon them which usually spies out unrealistic or contrived situations/plots, cardboard characters, poor acting, etc, forcing me to deduct style points and feel bad that I can't extol the virtues of the film and recommend it highly to everyone. It feels so good to run across a film with a good Christian message that delighted me all the way around. I can't believe that this story only got three doves from the Dove Foundation. I'd have given it six out of five. This is one of few Christian films that I'd actually look forward to watching again. I'd recommend that you check this out - but only if you like a good love story that leaves you feeling warm and cuddly inside.