Reviewed by: Christopher L. Hotz
Starring: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa, Scott Bairstow, Frances Fisher, Jamey Sheridan, / Director: William Dear / Released by: Warner Bros.
I love movies, but it’s getting increasingly hard to find good ones. “Wild America”, however, is an excellent film from a variety of viewpoints. Quite honestly, for the first time in a while, I left the theater with a guilt-free conscience. That was nice!
“Wild America” is the story of three brothers and how their interest in moviemaking and animals leads them through a series of adventures in the wild. It also realistically demonstrates how brothers can pick on/fight with each other… pretty realistic in that sense.
From a Christian point of view this movie contains an interesting, anti-Biblical perspective on lying. It says that lying is okay unless it hurts someone. HOWEVER, at the end of the movie, the youngest son confronts his father about it and thus (if memory serves) effectively presents the case for telling the truth.
The thing I found most bothersome in this movie consumed only about five seconds. The first 2½ seconds were a shot of a scene of the two older brothers racing down to the ocean’s edge with two girls stripping away their clothing on the way down to the water. Nothing is shown but everything comes to mind. (After all, that’s what they intended!)
THE BOTTOM LINE—I recommend this movie only for those 12-13 and above. The “mature” elements described above and some scary sceens make it totally unsuitable for anyone younger. I may have missed some language, but nothing really stuck in my mind.
Year of Release—1997