I had been looking forward to seeing this movie ever since it came out. My nephew had committed suicide a few years back so I desperately wanted this movie to share with others and also to donate to our church's library.However,unfortunately I can't donate this to our church library in good conscience.Even though,I loved how the movie was so real and promoting the idea christians should love and accept everyone,I was totally shocked and dismayed near the end of the movie that the main character Jake says to his girlfriend who is pregnant with his child that he would support her no matter what she decided (meaning whether she had an abortion or not).I understand he was a new christian but since Jake was the main character in this movie and this movie was made to influence teenagers for the good, I can not accept that statement suggesting abortion as being okay.It is so very sad... this could have been a really extraordinary movie if they just would have put more thought into it.Believe me I am not normally a critical person I try to support all the christian movies I can but I got to be honest here as people should know about this very crucial point.
This movie portrays the importance Christianity and teen suicide
August 16, 2014
This is a great movie with a great message! This movie captures what Christian teens and non Christian teens deal with in everyday life with each other in school settings. This movie also tells us of what pastors and churches deal with in the teen community and how they reach out to teens. I liked how they wrote in the script about a local pastor who volunteers to pick up teens that have been drinking without chastising them. This does happen in some communities. It's a great way to reach out to teens. This movie also tells of how difficult it can be as a Christian and a teen as well as how important it is to not judge other teens that appear to be alone and untidy. We must reach out to them. This movie covers how important friendships are. We should have both Christian and non Christian friends. We must not turn a blind eye to old friends for popularity and the main character in this story has and has regretted it. This story also tells us about being unequally yoked. When we want to change and our partner doesn't. Wonderful movie with many realistic messages that also shows us how to deal with everyday stress of friendships and Christianity with discernment. Teen suicide is something that should not be taken lightly and I feel that schools and teen groups at church would benefit from showing this film.
While this movie does depict some of the seedier side of teenage life (drinking, premarital sex, considering abortion, a couple of swear words) it has an amazing message and is one christian movie I would rank up there with many a Hollywood movie for acting and overall quality. Our teens are not living in a bubble where they are not exposed to any of these things in their lives and it was not overly done but pretty realistic. You might actually get a non christian teen to watch this and respect its message instead of thinking it's one of those christian movies with some lame acting and unbelievable, predictable Polly Anna conversion/everything miraculously works out perfectly in the end movies.
Excellent acting and realistic portrayal of issues
May 27, 2013
Debbie from ChristFocus
"To Save a Life" is a Christian fiction movie. I liked that the people acted realistically. The Christians didn't have all the answers, and the main character didn't get everything right once he accepted Christ. The situations that the teens found themselves in are accurate to what kids currently deal with at school and at home. The movie shows drinking, a bit of cussing, even implied sex, but they also showed the consequences of actions. The actors did a great job of drawing me into the story. I'm generally not that impressed with the acting in Christian movies, but I think all the characters in "To Save a Life" were well-acted and had depth. It had a good message, too. I'd highly recommend it.
I have read some of the reviews thus far... And I have to say as far as Christian films go, this was one of the best.
Oh no, there is a scene with teens drinking (out of red plastic cups, no less). Oh no, the teen said a bad word in church.
It's life, folks. And the pastor did not applaud him for swearing but for being real and genuine - something that is hardly ever done by Christians because we're too busy putting on a show for everyone else to see.
This film is a step in the right direction and tackles a lot of issues that teens deal with.