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A financially desperate couple and the wife's goofy brother rob a mansion, only to be trapped by ther terminally-ill Christian homeowner. He won't let them go until they decide whether or not they'll follow Jesus. Wha–? Starring Torry Martin (My Name Is Paul), Nancy Stafford (Matlock), Danny Vinson (Talladega Nights), and Michael Joiner (The Grace Card), this good-natured comedy tilts heavily toward the mad-cap side of the street, but is definitely safe for the whole family. Dove "Family-Approved" (12+). Approx. 88 minutes.
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Vendor: Crown Entertainment
|Publication Date: 2017|
Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heaven BoundDecember 24, 2017Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ted (Michael Joiner) and Josie (Nancy Stafford) have a perfect marriage and a perfect life. His career as a successful dog food marketer has moved them into a whole new tax bracket... until the fateful day when he suddenly makes a mistake that costs him his job and makes him the most hated man in the country. Josie is already very unhappy, but her frustration reaches the breaking point when her wealthy boss confides he selling all he owns to support a charity he is creating in memory of his late wife. So she concocts a plan to steal the jewelry her boss has hidden in order to pay their debts. Accompanied by her lazy little brother Moochie (Torry Martin), Ted and Josie attempt to pull off a caper but their plans quickly fall apart when Doc (Danny Vinson) realizes he has a captive audience to share the plan of salvation with before he dies.
Heaven Bound is a fun, family-friendly film that has a serious message at its inner core, but is wrapped in layers of pure laughter. Many of the things that the secular world mocks about Christianity are highlighted in this film...because it's also things we laugh at ourselves. Of course, it's not laughing at the central message of following Jesus, but at some of the ways the gospel is presented. Just as it seems things may take a serious turn, the humor comes through. Joiner, Stafford, Martin, and Vinson all excel at their craft, and each are perfect in their roles. There is also a hysterical scene with Victoria Jackson, as well as a very funny scene at a coffee shop that features Denny Brownlee. Written by Marshall Younger, Torry Martin, and Rene Gutteridge, and directed by Gabe McCauley, this film is a must-see for anyone wanting a night of laughter.
JamesAlbany,NYAge: 45-54Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5pros and consJuly 18, 2017JamesAlbany,NYAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2As i said in my title, the film has pros and cons. very difficult to make a film about eternal spiritual matters from a comedy point of view. the eternal question(s) are by nature quite serious. I've seen only a very few Christian independent films handle this well ('Road to Redemption', Billy Graham Evang. Assoc. is one. 'Mom's Night Out' another, but that focused on the importance of mothers, not Salvation and eternity). They stayed reverent to the Lord but included clean comedy as part or all of their vehicle of the message.
This film(Heaven Bound) seemed to put comedy ahead of the message of the Gospel. Always a mistake. It had many redeeming qualities, but became somewhat irreverent towards the central message of Salvation at times. For example, it made light of the reality of possible eternal separation from God (in Hell) during a board game and in a scene where a main character pretends to die and go to Hell for a short time to trick his captor into releasing him. In two other scenes a small statue of Christ becomes the center of attempted humor making light of the very vital concepts of having 'Jesus in your heart' and the fact that the Lord 'Jesus Saves'. the writer of the film meant well but seems to be unaware of the sacredness of these concepts and realities to millions of people. There is also a joke about a dog not being in Heaven because he was a 'well known atheist'. This projects the idea so prevalent in society that 'it doesn't really matter', eternal questions and the ultimate question of Salvation are not important and even at the level of an animal making eternal decisions. This is a deception from the enemy of our souls.
That said, it had it's poignant moments when a more serious message shone through all the off base humor. The acting, and production were very high standard. the actors are recognizable professionals from other faith based films. I paid twelve dollars based on two testimonies from reviewers at 4 out of 5 stars. not a 'keeper' for me. as always, i wish the producers and many workers the best on their next project. film making is very hard work and not every project hits the best mark. it's a learning process like life. and i wish all the families who read my review all wisdom from the Lord Jesus in making viewing choices for their precious loved ones. we are what we eat, physically and spiritually : )
walker4 Stars Out Of 5heaven boundMay 13, 2017walkerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Very cute. Good acting
KateAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Heaven BoundApril 2, 2017KateAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4In the last couple of years, I've been looking into very family friendly movies through certain stations in cable and have enjoyed the sweet, clean stories. So when the ability to review this movie came up, I was thrilled to do it. I was able to sit down and watch this movie with my kiddo, which is hard to do right off the bat. I was thankful with this movie I could with out worry.
This was a very well portrayed comedy. It was clean and cute. I was wondering how they would pull of the part with the elderly man holding the robbers hostage and sharing Jesus with them. It kind of played on the method that is joked about in church, about how not to share.
If you're looking for a fun, family friendly movie, I would say give this a try.
Thank you to FishFlix, I received a copy of this DVD for free in exchange for an honest review.