When troubled teen Matthew Stevenson vandalizes a church to get back at his divorced parents, he's "sentenced" to repair the damages to avoid criminal charges. He meets Ernest---the creator of the fine woodwork that Matthew destroyed---who reluctantly agrees to help in the restoration. Will working together renew their faith in God---and life? Dove approved. Rated PG. Widescreen. Approx. 91 minutes.
We enjoyed this movie. I think youth should be required to do community service related to their acts of vandalism, such as in this story. It teaches them value for what was ruined. This boy was a troubled teen because of lack of positive direction and domestic issues in his home. The woodcarver made a great difference in the lives of this family by being there as a support when they needed him, and giving them direction although it wasn't well received at first. We plan to watch it again soon. We watched the WWJD movie as well, but we both think this one is the best of the two.
I really liked the premise of this movie and how it all worked out, how a young boy, rebellious because of conflict at home, was restored by working with the woodcarver and with the wood and how his family was eventually restored because of it. I have watched this numerous times and don't tire of the story. I enjoyed the other WWJD movies, but this one was a little different and I liked that.
My boys, 8 and 11, thoroughly enjoyed this story and were frequently asking questions. They were also guessing the plot and conflicts to determine the ending. The acting was good and I like how the movie shows that willingness to work with others and difficult work (physically and self control of emotions) in many areas of our lives are quite necessary.