THE O'KEEFES

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Starring: Judge Reinhold, Kirsten
Nelson, Tania Raymonde, Joseph
Cross, and Matt Weinberg

Genre: Family Comedy

Audience: All ages REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr Warner Bros. has been
looking for a program to
compliment its highly
successful SEVENTH HEAVEN. In
THE O'KEEFES, they have found
a match made in heaven. The
O'Keefes, Harry and Ellie, are
two PhD's who homeschool their
three children: two teenagers,
Danny and Lauren; and, a
younger son, Mark. Their
morning starts out with pledge
of allegiance, followed by a
pledge to their family and
then to their home school,
with wonderful references to
God. They speak nine
languages, love learning and
clearly love each other. When
they go to the library, the
librarian is clearly put off
by these children who love
learning. When Lauren helps an
attractive teenage girl in the
library, Danny is smitten.
Suddenly, he wants to go to
high school, as does his
sister. Being honorable
people, the O'Keefes parents
keep their word to allow their
teenage children to make this
momentous decision. However
the father is deeply afraid
that they will be corrupted by
popular culture. This
"fish-out-of-water" setup
provides the pilot episode for
THE O'KEEFES as they venture
into the world with their
hopes, dreams, and values
intact. Judge Reinhold does an
incredibly good job as Mr.
O'Keefe. A Christian in real
life, the audience can see
that he empathizes with this
role. The children, though
well cast, are slightly over
the top at times, suggesting
that the director didn't trust
the comedy to flow from the
dialogue and situations.
Nevertheless, this is a
pro-family, Christian
friendly, pro-home school
program. It has heart, soul,
and the Holy Spirit. Looking
at the edgy website for the
television series,
homeschooling groups have
assumed that this is anti-home
schooling. Quite the contrary!
Judge Reinhold intended this
to be pro-home schooling in
showing the values of
Christianity: love,
compassion, knowledge, wisdom,
and understanding triumphing
over the chaos of the world
around us. Judge Reinhold's
concerns are expressed in an
article in this issue of
MOVIEGUIDEĀ®. The home
schooling community should
applaud this program. Drama
demands conflict, and if the
O'KEEFE children had stayed at
home, there would have been no
drama. By venturing into the
world of high school, they
clearly show that Christians
are more than conquerors in
Christ. Judge Reinhold
himself was hurt to think that
people would campaign against
the program. It is not an
expression of Christian virtue
to pre-judge. It would have
been easy for these groups to
get a copy of the program and
find out that the filmmakers
are the side of the Good News,
but their intention is to make
their point through humor and
drama, rather than preaching.
They are to be congratulated.
Please address your comments
to: Jamie Kellner, President
WB Television Network 300
Television Plaza Burbank, CA
91505 Phone: (818)
977-6640 Website:
www.thewb.com

Rating: Not Yet

Runtime: 30 minutes

Distributor: The WB CONTENT: (CC, L)
Christian worldview; four
obscenities; no violence; no
sex; no nudity; and, nothing
else objectionable.

Director: Andy Ackerman

Executive Producer:

Producer: Becky Hartman-Edwards

Writer: Kevin Murphy

Address Comments To:

Content:

(CC, L) Christian worldview; four obscenities; no violence; no sex; no nudity; and, nothing else objectionable.

GENRE: Family Comedy

CC

L

Summary:

In THE O'KEEFES, Harry and Ellie homeschool their three children until their teenagers decide to go to public high school. A Christian in real life, Judge Reinhold does a great job as Mr. O'Keefe, and the program is a pro-family, Christian friendly, pro-home school program with heart, soul, and Holy Spirit.

Review:

Warner Bros. has been looking for a program to compliment its highly successful SEVENTH HEAVEN. In THE O'KEEFES, they have found a match made in heaven.

The O'Keefes, Harry and Ellie, are two PhD's who homeschool their three children: two teenagers, Danny and Lauren; and, a younger son, Mark. Their morning starts out with pledge of allegiance, followed by a pledge to their family and then to their home school, with wonderful references to God. They speak nine languages, love learning and clearly love each other.

When they go to the library, the librarian is clearly put off by these children who love learning. When Lauren helps an attractive teenage girl in the library, Danny is smitten. Suddenly, he wants to go to high school, as does his sister.

Being honorable people, the O'Keefes parents keep their word to allow their teenage children to make this momentous decision. However the father is deeply afraid that they will be corrupted by popular culture. This "fish-out-of-water" setup provides the pilot episode for THE O'KEEFES as they venture into the world with their hopes, dreams, and values intact.

Judge Reinhold does an incredibly good job as Mr. O'Keefe. A Christian in real life, the audience can see that he empathizes with this role. The children, though well cast, are slightly over the top at times, suggesting that the director didn't trust the comedy to flow from the dialogue and situations.

Nevertheless, this is a pro-family, Christian friendly, pro-home school program. It has heart, soul, and the Holy Spirit.

Looking at the edgy website for the television series, homeschooling groups have assumed that this is anti-home schooling. Quite the contrary! Judge Reinhold intended this to be pro-home schooling in showing the values of Christianity: love, compassion, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding triumphing over the chaos of the world around us. Judge Reinhold's concerns are expressed in an article in this issue of MOVIEGUIDEĀ®.

The home schooling community should applaud this program. Drama demands conflict, and if the O'KEEFE children had stayed at home, there would have been no drama. By venturing into the world of high school, they clearly show that Christians are more than conquerors in Christ.

Judge Reinhold himself was hurt to think that people would campaign against the program. It is not an expression of Christian virtue to pre-judge. It would have been easy for these groups to get a copy of the program and find out that the filmmakers are the side of the Good News, but their intention is to make their point through humor and drama, rather than preaching. They are to be congratulated.

Please address your comments to:

Jamie Kellner, President

WB Television Network

300 Television Plaza

Burbank, CA 91505

Phone: (818) 977-6640

Website: www.thewb.com

SUMMARY: In THE O'KEEFES, Harry and Ellie homeschool their three children until their teenagers decide to go to public high school. A Christian in real life, Judge Reinhold does a great job as Mr. O'Keefe, and the program is a pro-family, Christian friendly, pro-home school program with heart, soul, and Holy Spirit.

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