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The Lost & Found Family a.k.a. “The Lost and Found Family,” “Mrs. Hobbes' House,” “What Goes Around”

MPAA Rating: PG for drug material and thematic elements.

Reviewed by: Elisa A. Walker

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Kids Family Teens Adults
Christian, Family, Drama
1 hr. 31 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
September 15, 2009 (church showings and DVD)
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Director: Barnet Bain
Producer: Mrs. Hobbes' House Productions, Martha Almond, Bobbie Collis, Terry Collis, David E. Harshbarger, Jeff Ross
Distributor: Sony Pictures

“Sometimes when a door closes… a whole new world opens up.”

Five damaged foster children, two struggling foster parents, and one recovering widow—a story of love, hardship, and finding God. “The Lost and Found Family” is a heartwarming story that challenges the viewer about how God truly works in our lives, while encouraging the viewer to take a step back and see the work that can be done when we let God open doors for us.

Offensive Content?

I found nothing offensive with this film. But to be on the safe side, I will mention possible infractions in this film. The foster children have bad attitudes, trust issues, and bad manners—though who wouldn’t when they have been abused or abandoned. Teri (Jessica Luza) steals some of Esther’s (Ellen Bry—TV’s “St. Elsewhere”) jewelry. In the beginning of the movie, Esther’s husband has what seems to be a heart attack, but nothing is shown. Also, Justin (Lucas Till—“Hannah Montana: The Movie”) falls off his skateboard and scrapes his leg. Furthermore, Max (Michael May) has a heart condition and is rushed to the hospital; nothing is really shown except him lying on the floor looking a little flu-like. And, Teri is given speed by her friend but decides not to take the “tabs” and gives them to Justin (so as not to be tempted) who disposes of them for her sake.

“Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother”; “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death”; “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (Romans 14:13; James 1:14-15; James 1:12).

Finally, this is a movie about foster children and foster-care, but it is shown in a very mild manner.

My Recommendation

Besides “Facing the Giants,” I don’t think I have ever seen a cleaner film. No violence, no sex and no profanity—wow! It’s a clean family movie for all ages; one of the few movies out there that an entire family can see comfortably, without any awkward moments. Although this was a great Christian film, had some touching moments, and had a great message about God, I would not go so far as to call it a “Blockbuster Hit.” Just be warned that this is a typical Christian film, with cheesy moments, borderline-average acting, a documentary-like feel, a substandard script and a sermon intermixed throughout the movie. I guess I wish Christian films could have bigger budgets so that they could reach a wider audience. In no way am I against Christian films or am I bashing them, I just think that Christian filmmakers should step it up a notch. Though corny and another run-of-the-mill Christian movie, I highly recommend it for its genre A+.

Violence: None / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None

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Positive—This movie was a treat to watch. I did not know anything about it when I first watched it. It was such a blessing not hearing curse words or seeing any violence. This movie is great for the entire family to watch. Great moral lessons from the Bible are located throughout the entire movie. I have recommended this film to everyone I know.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Bonnie, age 32 (USA)
Positive—“The Lost and Found Family” has become a yearly teaching tool I use for my 5th grade preteen Sunday School class. After studying Sticky Situations and how a Christian should handle problems that arise when making the transition into Middle School and Youth, this movie ties many of our year’s themes together.

I purchased it from a local Christian bookstore, and this is my third year. We watch the movie about adults and kids in transition that are brought together in a foster family and their bad and good decisions that really bond them, in the end. Our kids love this, and the upcoming class has heard about this movie for movie day to the point they ask far in advance, if we are watching the movie the class watched last year. It opens the door to tie our year up with about 4 summary classes that follow from all we have studied over the past year.

The on-line material challenges the preteens to think and dig deep into what they believe and what the Bible has to say about making decisions. We have other families that borrow the movie, as well.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Jerry, age 45 (USA)