I'm sure many of you have heard of the 2008 hit Christian movie Fireproof (if you haven't, you should probably go rent it...immediately) and/or the best-seller book inspired by the movie, The Love Dare. But how many of you are aware that the Kendrick brothers have also written and produced three others movies? The fourth and most recent film they made with Sherwood Pictures is 2011's Courageous.
The movie portrays four policemen and the struggles they encounter as they strive to protect and serve - both at home and in the workplace. When tragedy strikes, they make a bold decision that will help them take charge of the paths they're on, particularly in their roles as husbands and fathers. The film shares their individual successes and failures as they learn to how to stay true to their Christian values.
I felt that the movie contained a healthy blend of humor, action, and drama...all while providing good examples of how a Christian husband and father should act. Normally I have more to say about movies, but there isn't much more I can think to share other than the fact that I appreciated and enjoyed watching it greatly. The dramatic aspects of the film are enough to tug on anyone's heartstrings, which clearly means that I found my pregnant self tearing up in more than a couple of scenes. However, I wouldn't define the film itself as a "tearjerker" because it contains plenty of happy, uplifting, and humorous scenes as well.
It's quite obvious to me in the Kendrick brothers' movies that they come from a Baptist background, but I don't think it matters much what denomination of Christianity an individual practices in order to appreciate their films (nor do I think you have to necessarily be Christian to enjoy them either). Sure, as a Catholic I visibly notice that the characters are not Catholic, but at the end of the day their core messages are ones that all authentic Christians share in regards to marriage, family relationships, and repenting and avoiding sin.
Overall I'd say this is a family-friendly movie that is hard to come by these days (at least within mainstream media). Because the main characters are policemen, there are a few crime-related action scenes, but nothing parents should be too worried about school children watching with them. The tragedy that takes place could be difficult for young children to digest, so if you're concerned in any way I'd simply recommend previewing the movie before determining whether or not your children can handle it...but I'd venture a guess that most children would be completely fine (especially with a parent there to explain anything they may be confused or worried about).
Have any of you seen Courageous? I'm always curious to know what you all think, too!
"So where are you men of courage? Where are you, fathers who fear the Lord? It's time to rise up and answer the call that God has given to you, and to say, 'I will. I will. I will.'"
-Adam from Courageous