Finding the Right Way
Release Date: April 29, 2005
Starring: Lisa Brenner, Geneviève
Bujold, Louise Fletcher,
Justin Henry, Jason Miller,
Misha Collins, Sheri Saum, and
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: PG-13 for thematic issues,
sexual content and some
Runtime: 124 minutes
Distributor: Castle Hill Productions
Director: Lawrence David Foldes
Producer: Victoria Paige Meyerink
Writer: Lawrence David Foldes and
Grafton S. Harper
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The first nightmare is Katie’s nephew Dave, who seems to be, in the flashbacks, the reason that Amanda was hauled off the island by her mother and forbidden to go back there. Amanda’s mother Grace has always suggested that Dave did something nasty to Amanda. It turns out, however, that the mother has been trying to control Amanda for many years and that the issue goes much deeper than Dave. When the grandmother’s will is read, it turns out that the mother has received almost nothing while Amanda has received the inn and most of the property. Katie has received a couple of acres in Maine.
Amanda learns to appreciate her grandmother’s home. She learns the sources of her nightmares. In the process, she invites her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend to come join her, and eventually her boss, who is her would-be lover, joins her, too. She learns some shocking things about her grandmother, and strong moral points are made throughout the movie.
The first moral point is that sex out of marriage is wrong and can lead to disastrous consequences. The next is that abortion is wrong. The next is to not judge people, nor to trust implanted false memories. Amanda also learns not to follow her heart but instead to do the right thing. Faith is lifted up, as is forgiveness. There is a prayer to Jesus Christ, and the Bible is quoted in a magnificent way.
One of the better classic dramas, FINDING HOME has its limitations. The acting is slightly flat in a couple of places, and the storyline, which is generally strong and good, has a few rocky moments. The music has some saccharine moments. Overall, however, the movie works extremely well and is highly entertaining.
The only serious objection would be the clothed sex scenes, one in particular that goes on too long. A minor suggestion of the activity would have served to propel the plot forward without getting bogged down.
That noted, the movie is clearly against sex outside of marriage and anti-abortion, and the consequences of the sex scene are the reasons for the nightmares. Everyone involved in the making of FINDING HOME deserves to be commended, and MOVIEGUIDE® urges audiences, especially teenagers and young adults, to see this movie for its entertaining, profound insights.
Some strong moral points are made throughout the movie. One is that sex out of marriage is wrong and can lead to disastrous consequences. The next is that abortion is wrong. The next is to not judge people, nor to trust one’s memories as being entirely accurate. Amanda also learns not to follow her heart, but rather to do the right thing. Faith is lifted up, as is forgiveness, prayer and Scripture. FINDING HOME has limitations, including some violent content, light sexual elements and flat, rocky moments, but everyone involved in making FINDING HOME deserves to be commended. MOVIEGUIDE® urges audiences, especially teenagers, to see this movie for its entertaining, profound insights.