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Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable

MPAA Rating: PG-Rating (MPAA) for some thematic elements.
not reviewed
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Teens • Young-Adults • Adults
1 hr. 38 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
April 20, 2018 (festival)
July 12, 2019 (limited—205 U.S. theaters)
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Relevant Issues

Shark attack

Difficulties involved in the loss of a limb as a young teenager

Post-traumatic anxiety and depression

FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say about it and how to deal with it? Answer

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Courage—strength through God

Developing emotional and physical resilience

SELF-IMAGE—I’m ugly. Why was God so unfair to me this way? Answer

DEPRESSION—Are there biblical examples of depression and how to deal with it? Answer

What should a Christian do if overwhelmed with depression? Answer

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Not giving up

Pursuing a dream, even when it seems physically impossible

Persistance / perseverance

Becoming an inspiration to others

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD THINGSWhy are they in our world? Answer

Featuring: Bethany HamiltonHerself
Director: Aaron Lieber
Producer: Penny Edmiston
Jane Kelly Kosek
Aaron Lieber
Distributor: Entertainment Studios
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“The Soul Surfer from then to now”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE is the untold story of the heart of a Christian champion and her resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of our time.

Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a tiger shark at age 13, but this didn't stop her from pursuing her dream of becoming a professional surfer. However, it wasn't only the competition that fueled her desire to stay in the big blue, but her love for the ocean. Not only has she conquered the giant walls but also the journey of being a mother—all with only one arm. She inspires and she never stops; Bethany Hamilton is Unstoppable.

UNSTOPPABLE is Hamilton’s complete and untold story that follows her journey from childhood into motherhood—the ups, downs and her powerful resilience against all odds to become one of the leading professional surfers of all time. In 2016 alone, Bethany’s capacity to inspire reached new heights as she beat a six-time world champion and the top-ranked surfer in the world at a major competition. From chasing her toddler, to chasing the biggest waves, Hamilton is continuously rewriting the rules on being a fearless athlete, and brings new meaning to the phrase ‘Surfs Like a Girl’.”

Review of dramatic feature film about Bethany Hamilton: “Soul Surfer” (2011)

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“I loved Soul Surfer, but this is the real me.” —Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton’s 3 minute testimony in 2011
length: 3 minutes

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Secular Movie Critics
…a beautifully photographed, comprehensive portrait that is the perfect introduction to her life and accomplishments…
Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail
…“Unstoppable” is an entertaining and rousing documentary…
Maria Lattila, Film Inquiry
…the many vivid sequences on the waves are enough to justify the pic's presence on the big screen. …
Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter
…Bethany Hamilton Is raw and vulnerable in ‘Unstoppable’ …Motherhood, possibly the richest thread in the film, was completely unexpected for the Hamilton family and the documentary itself. …
Zach Weisberg, The Intertia
… It's celebratory and revelatory, but never especially entertaining or interesting.
Time Daily
…captures some truly jaw-dropping moments in the waves here with a gorgeous style… even someone who knows nothing about surfing can't help but sit mouth agape at Hamilton's athleticism, optimism and determination.…
Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
…the imagery of Bethany surfing is breathtaking… “Unstoppable” starts as a tale of transcending tragedy, but it ends up where almost every other surfing documentary does, at that place where the majesty of surfing—the Zen of it, the deathly beauty of it—becomes all.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety