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TV Review: THE WAY HOME
Emotive and Captivating
Quality: * * * * Acceptability: +4
RELEASE: October 1, 24 and 25, 2010 on the Gospel Music Channel
TIME: 89 minutes
STARRING: Dean Cain, Lori Beth Edgeman, Sonny Shroyer, Tom Nowicki, Brett Rice
DIRECTOR: Lance W. Dreesen
PRODUCERS: Lance W. Dreesen and Clint Hutchison
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Randy Simpkins
WRITER: Lance W. Dreesen
BASED ON THE NOVEL/PLAY BY: N/A
DISTRIBUTOR: The Gospel Music Channel for TV and Lionsgate Films for DVD
CONTENT: (CCC, BBB, L, M) Very strong Christian, moral worldview with powerful prayers, lots of references to church, people living the Christian life in a very moral and loving way, and overt references to Jesus; one “Oh God” that’s more a prayer than a profanity, lots of God is here with you, Praise Jesus, In Jesus’ Name; no violence but fear of violence; husband and wife lovingly hug; no nudity; no drinking; no smoking or drugs; and, married couple argues but makes up.
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Older children to adults
REVIEWER: Dr. Ted Baehr
REVIEW: THE WAY HOME is not based on a true story with dramatic ingredients added, it IS a TRUE story, about how a rural Southern community came together to search for a missing 2-year-old boy.
Randy and Christal have packed the car and are about to put their 2-year-old son Joe in the car so they can pick up their other two sons and head for vacation. Randy has worked very hard to give his family the good life. Christal is annoyed he doesn’t spend more time with them at home. When he leaves little Joe outside to check his computer email, Joe disappears. After a futile search around a very large property, they start contacting neighbors, parents, neighbors, pastors, fire department, police, and friends. As the police chief says, he’s never seen so many people show up to help, which restores his faith in humanity.
The problem is, they live on a big piece of property surrounded by fields dotted with lakes, swamps, pools of stagnant water, and other obstacles. Looking for little Joe is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Sheriff Tony points out that, with little children, you have to find them within three hours or it’s too late.
Eventually, Randy comes to the end of himself and prays for a sign. At that moment, Ed Walker who lost his brother in a traffic accident, hears that Joe is missing. His brother’s name was Joe, and he feels called by God to find the boy, perhaps to deal with his own grief.
The excitement, obstacles and jeopardy build steadily throughout THE WAY HOME. The plot points are terrific. The movie is filled with prayer and praise. Jesus is overtly lifted up. The community lives out their Christian faith in word and deed. Only a miracle can save the day.
This true story is the true story of a miracle. At the screening, the audience was more captivated than many other movies.
There’s no drinking, smoking, nudity, overt violence, sex, and only one exclamatory prayer in THE WAY HOME. This is the type of movie everybody wants. It’s well written, well directed, well acted, and a wonderful, entertaining, inspirational movie.
We cannot say enough good things about THE WAY HOME. Do yourself a favor and watch it with your family and friends.
Note: THE WAY HOME screens Sunday and Monday, Oct. 24 and 25 on The Gospel Music Channel (check your local listings) and comes out on DVD at regular retail stores Tuesday Oct. 26.
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Charley Humbard, President
GMC (Gospel Music Channel)
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Jon Feltheimer, CEO
Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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