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I Can Only Imagine also known as “Eu Só Posso Imaginar,” «Можно только представить»

MPAA Rating: PG-Rating (MPAA) for thematic elements including some violence.

Check back later for review coming from contributor Raphael Vera

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Primary Audience:
Christian Biography Drama
1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
March 16, 2018 (wide—1,620 theaters)
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Featuring: J. Michael Finley … Bart
Brody Rose … Young Bart
Dennis QuaidArthur
Madeline Carroll … Shannon
Cloris LeachmanMemaw
Trace Adkins … Brickell
Tanya Clarke … Adele
Rhoda Griffis … Jen (Amy's Manager)
Gianna Simone … Dr. Avondale
David Norona … Bill Layton
J.R. Cacia … Rusty
Priscilla C. Shirer … Mrs. Fincher
Nicole DuPort … Amy Grant
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Director: Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin—“October Baby” (2011), “Woodlawn” (2015), “Moms' Night Out” (2014)
Producer: Kevin Downes Productions
Mission Pictures International
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Distributor: Distributor: Lionsgate Films. Trademark logo.
Distributor: Roadside Attractions. Trademark logo.
Roadside Attractions

“The song you know. The story you don’t.”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

The song MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” became the most popular contemporary Christian song in history. The story is about how MercyMe front-man Bart Millard was inspired to write the song after overcoming an abusive childhood, holding to his faith, and seeing God’s miracle of redemption.

A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love—or from an eternal home in Heaven.”

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—Honestly, you can’t go wrong seeing this film. It is appropriate for all ages, and it’s so nice to have a non-animated movie to take the kids to. And by all means take your church youth group. I was having a bad Monday today, but several hours after seeing this movie I realized that I was feeling very uplifted. Dennis Quaid never disappoints in a film, and he is excellent—as are all the actors. Really, it would be a shame to miss this while it is in theaters. No gun shoot-outs, not fist-fights, no swearing, no nudity, no sex, no sexual innuendos, no witchcraft or zombies. It’s just a refreshing true story, about real people, very well done, that will leave you with good things to think about.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Maggie Hays, age 70 (USA)
Positive—If you have not already seen this film, see it now! Right now! Don’t walk; run and see it!

It’s an awesome, inspiring movie about how a person triumphed through an overwhelmingly dark childhood to a life of professional success and personal satisfaction.

From that aspect, the film is a study of how one person allows unfortunate circumstances to let failure and resulting bad behavior consume their lives and how another draws strength, success and inner peace from an even more unfortunate circumstance.

So very refreshing to see a classic movie format for a change, where actual acting and dialog carried the day; not a bunch of special effects and graphic blood and guts-type violence.

To that point, the central character, surely experienced a terrifying and hellish childhood, but the movie brought it out through the words, dialog, relationship and intense moments, Not from simplistic in-your-face violence. You could feel the violence, even though it did not smack you in the face.

The movie also had a multifaceted story line; there was a romantic tread, and moments of excellently placed comic relief.

There also was a character mirroring trade, where the provider of pain and the provider of forgiveness briefly changed roles, at one point. From a parent’s perspective, the moving was gut-wrenching.

Dennis Quaid was simply fantastic in playing Bart’s dad and the perfect character actor for the part. A superb film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ralph Hemphill, age +50 (USA)
Positive—Go see this movie! Authentic. Moving. Inspiring. Exceptional. Truly exceptional. Solid performances by everyone in an excellent cast. Worth seeing. The audience in the packed largest theater in the complex applauded the film. Excellent.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Tori, age 40+ (USA)
—“I Can Only Imagine” is an inspiring true story of the events that brought the eponymous song to the birth. The acting, writing, directing, etc. Are spot-on. Biblically speaking, there is some violence and thematic elements, but no profanity or sexual content, hence the PG rating.

I can’t say more without ruining the surprises, so I will end by saying, Go see it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—D, age 32 (USA)
Positive—This is a wonderful movie. Not only is it an amazing story of God’s redemption, but also of how God weaves tragedy into triumph. Over and over, you could see God’s hand at work opening certain doors and closing others. At that moment, I’m sure Bart couldn’t see that, but now with benefit of looking back, it is clear how God had His hand on Bart’s life. This movie will touch you, encourage you, and remind you of the overwhelming power of God’s grace. Go see it—you will be thankful you did!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—C. Nelson, age 57 (USA)

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