When Trey Caldwell's dad is killed in Afghanistan, his death leaves a hole in the 12-year-old's heart---and an unfinished soap box derby car in the garage. But then he meets fire chief Roy Gibbs, who lost his firefighter son on 9/11. Can the two wounded souls rebuild their lives as they assemble the car? Dove approved. 108 minutes.
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5 Stars Out Of 5
March 17, 2018
I rate 25 HILL at 10 stars, not 5. Totally clean language. No sex/sensuality, not even innuendoes or "subtle" scenes. No fighting. No whining or disrespectful kids. No bullying or yelling (except cheering on the soap box derby racers) . Held my interest in anticipation to see what the boy, Trey Caldwell, would do next to live by the motto his father gave him, "Faith and Courage." 25 HILL demonstrates accomplishing goals and respectful, cooperative relationships between kids and adults, even through a few disagreements. A movie to leave one feeling good. but likely will cause a few teary eyes also. 25HILL is a GREAT movie for any age: child to 70+ something (as I am).
Back during the summertime, I had heard about a new project from Psych actor Corbin Bernsen. In addition to his performance on Psych, I have enjoyed watching him in Rust and Suing the Devil. When I heard about the premise for his latest film 25 Hill I thought it looked very promising, so I decided to pick up a copy and watch it for myself. I was hoping I had found a really good film which I could share with friends and family.
25 Hill concerns a boy named Trey Caldwell whose father recently died in combat. Prior to dying in combat, Trey's father (who is played by fellow Psych costar Timothy Odmundson) gave Trey a Soap Box Derby racing kit which he planned on helping him construct before learning of his redeployment. Because of Trey's father being dead obviously there is some grief at first, until Trey's principal suggests that he meets with a firefighter named Roy Gibbs; she says they have some similarities. Roy lost his son during 9-11 and was once a soap box derby racing champion. Roy at first doesn't want anything to do with Trey, until Trey tells him that he wants to become a soap box derby champion too. This is a story about friendship, good sportsmanship, and patriotism. How will Trey do against the competition? Will everything go according to plan? And what lessons will both Roy and Trey learn along the way?
I really liked this movie. 25 Hill is a story full of originality, good morals (including regarding the topics of alcohol and patriotism), and is quite entertaining. The acting is excellent from everybody, and I thought it was neat to see this movie was directed/produced/written by Corbin Bernsen himself. The idea of the soap box derby was originally appealing to me, because when I was a kid I thought it would be cool to race in one after seeing an episode of The Simpsons. Although I wasn't able to race in one sadly, after seeing this it definitely gave me an appreciation for the sport and when I have a son or even a daughter I'd like for them to race if possible. They were detailed about how to race which was cool to see as well. All in all this is a very good movie worth adding to your collection, my Christian movie group loved watching it in July and I know you will too if you get this.