Reviewed by: Larry Barber
Christian Divorce and Remarriage—Under what conditions may Christians divorce and remarry? Answer
Is formalized marriage becoming obsolete? Answer
Many people are convinced that traditional marriages don’t work and that this practice should be abandoned. What does the Bible say about marriage?
|Featuring:||Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Maeve Quinlan, Kevin Hart, Wood Harris, Eddie Cibrian, Jenifer Lewis, Niecy Nash, Cannon Jay, Albert Hall, Jeff Krebs, Nathaniel Carter, Brendon Terrell, Kwame Boateng, Henry Brown, Olivia Brown, Lee Reherman, Elizabeth Uhl, Justin Michael Carter, Gregg Bello, Louis C. Simon, Michael Taylor Gray, T.D. Jakes, Denetria Champ, Jesse Campbell, Terry Thomas, Baldwin Sykes, Garry Guerrier, Serita Jakes|
“Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit,” “Knots Landing,” “Predator”
|Producer:||T.D. Jakes Ministries, Screen Gems, Bill Duke, Brian Bird, Steven Brown, Morris Chestnut, Clint Culpepper, T.D. Jakes, Aaron Norris, Curtis Wallace|
|Distributor:||Screen Gems / Sony Pictures Entertainment|
This film is based on a novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes.
“Life tries to break you. Love holds you together.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “After years of disagreeing on what true happiness, success, and love really are, Dave and Clarice Johnson have finally reached a breaking point in their marriage. When Clarice is hurt in a car accident, the obvious truth that more than just her injuries need immediate attention is exposed. Their odds of making it worsen as Clarice begins to see a physical therapist, and Dave develops a friendship with Julie and her teenage son Bryson. The acceptance and comfort he finds in them stirs his longing for a family and a passionate partner. As temptation tugs at Dave and Clarice pulls farther away, they must confront whether their vows are or are NOT EASILY BROKEN.”
The three strands of rope!! I had never heard that statement until this movie. The theory is that in a marriage there should be three strands, one for each party involved and the third for God. Without the third strand, the two cannot make a strong bond. This movie deals with a couple in what is at first thought to be a good and loving relationship—until trouble comes knocking at the door. Then the little problems that were not so evident, at first, come out into the open. Without giving away too many details let’s just say that both sides have people that are leading them into situations that are not good for the marriage. It isn’t until they both realize the need for looking to God that things begin to correct themselves. This is not something that is very noticeable, since neither of them really state it, but it is mentioned by their bishop.
On the bad side, as some of the comments on this movie have stated, WAY too much language for a movie touted as “Christian.” They use the *ss word so many times in the first 5-10 minutes that it is annoying, and I would have been appalled had I gone to see it at the theater. Yes, it has other language that is not needed, as well, but I won’t go into detail about it. I would like to focus somewhat on the good aspects of this movie.
First, we see good friendships that actually help to lead the couple back in the right direction, instead of giving all the bad advice that we so often see in movies. Second, we see a couple that does not want to let the world get in the way of their relationship. Third, we see a pastoral leader that steps up and informs one of the two of a situation that is getting in the way of their relationship, without making them look bad to everyone. That is exactly what we are supposed to do for our fellow brothers and sisters when they are not acting or doing as they should. 2 Timothy 4:2 tells us,
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
My final thoughts on this movie are this: the producer (T.D. Jakes and Curtis Wallace) could have used any other dialogue than he did to get the message across without all the language that was present. I know that he was trying to give this movie a “real feel,” but do Christians (or should Christians) talk like this? I think that our “religious community” is still in the process of changing the values of the Bible to blend not only with society but what we want God to accept in our lives.
I liked this film because it shows that marriage is an important thing and that trouble WILL come along at some time to test your love and devotion to one another. It also shows a couple that is willing to try and make it work, even though most people would have already given up. In this day and age, we are so quick to throw in the towel in a marriage, over the little things. I can’t really say that I would recommend this movie to other Christians due to the language, if not for that it is an absolutely wonderful movie with a great storyline and cast. They all blended well and make the film very enjoyable. If a lot of mild language does not bother you, then this will be a good pick, but keep the youngin’s out, as there is language.
Violence: None / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
Response from reviewer: There are people who find the type of language in this film not only offensive but damaging to their lives as Christians. Short and sweet, by allowing our ears to be constantly berated by the type of language that is present in this film we allow our minds to wander from the truth of the gospel. Hebrews 3:1 says; “Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.” We cannot fix our thoughts on Jesus if we are fixing our ears on vile language. Once again, while the message for this movie was good, the language was NOT a necessity and could have been replaced with something else.
—Larry Barber, age 46 (USA)