Reviewed by: Angela Bowman
INVESTING—Does the Bible share any wisdom about investing? Answer
What advice do you have for new and growing Christians? Answer
Angels in the Bible
What else does the Bible teach about angels? Answer
ANXIETY, worry and fear—What does the Bible say? Answer
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|Featuring:||Kevin Sorbo (Ben Walker)—“Hercules’ TV series, Hallmark’s “Avenging Angel”
John Ratzenberger (Mike the Angel)—“Cheers” TV series, Pixar films
Kristy Swanson (Wendy Walker)—“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” TV series, “Big Daddy”
Debby Ryan (Kimberly Walker)—Disney Channel’s “Suite Life on Deck”
Kristin Minter (Cynthia), Stelio Savante (Joel Muller), See all »
|Producer:||10 West Studios, Jenkins Entertainment, Dallas Jenkins, Jerry B. Jenkins, David A.R. White, See all »|
|Distributor:||Christiano Film Group|
“What if… God gave you a second chance…”
Fifteen years ago, Ben Walker (Kevin Sorbo) set out for a promising career in the city. Leaving behind his love (Wendy, played by Kristy Swanson) and his faith, he traded God’s plan for his life for his own; spiritual success for worldly gain. But then God steps in, and gives Ben a chance to see how his life could have been. Much like “The Family Man” (with Nicholas Cage), Ben is thrown into a life already in progress; where he had alternately chosen to stay, marry Wendy and become a minister.
“What If…” is a beautiful and humorous film that poignantly speaks to the heart what is truly important in life; love and relationship (most importantly, relationship with Jesus).
Ben is warned that he can’t understand the value of what God has to offer until he surrenders and embraces this new world. How can you know love if you are fighting against it? The word “embrace” stuck in my mind as I recalled the times I’ve fought against God, thinking He was giving me something inferior to what I wanted, only to realize later that what He was giving me was so much more that I could ever imagine.
It is difficult to condense everything “What If…” has to take in. Not only is it challenging and entertaining for Christians—and presents the gospel clearly for nonbelievers, but it opens so many doors for Biblical interest and conversation after the film.
As an (amateur) apologist, I especially enjoyed a line that incorporated the illogical, “rock so big that God cannot lift” question, but there are many scripture and theological points and references as well that can be expounded afterward. While there were a few things that could have been left out, overall I found it to be both engaging and heartwarming. With the constant bombardment of the world, advertisements, technology and social status competition or envy we have with or for the people around us, it reminds us that these things mean nothing and that the real treasure lies in our relationships with God and with our families.
Sexuality: There are a few kisses between engaged/married couples. Cleavage—a female character wears a low-cut dress in one scene. A verbal recollection which included a woman in a bikini (not shown).
Language: None. (There is a reference to hell, but not used as a curse word.)
Drugs/Alcohol: Verbal references to alcoholic beverages. What appeared to be a champagne bottle in the background of one scene.
Violence: Because Ben is uncooperative, the angel hits him a couple of times, it is not done in anger or malice but as a means of knocking him out for the purpose of sending him to the alternate reality.
Other: Ben secretly invests in stock. This could be viewed as unethical or a type of gamble, as he uses all of the money from his family’s account without his wife’s knowledge to invest in stock that he has privileged information about from his past and isn’t completely assured that it will work out. I have to say that this did bother me as he appeared to be rewarded for it and also because for this scene it shifted the focus from God providing, to man providing—and that money is still the answer. While God may choose to help us with money at times, He doesn’t always work this way, yet it seems to be the way most people expect Him to.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.