"Take a Time Out"
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3 DAY TEST is a funny, droll, winsome movie with a strong Gospel message. Corbin Bernsen is a terrific director and a good actor. The dialogue is some of the most clever dialogue you’ll encounter. Best of all, the little girl convinces her family to go to church. There are some over-the-top moments and plot inconsistencies. These may be resolved in the final edit. Overall, however, 3 DAY TEST is a delightful family movie with a heartwarming ending.
(CCC, BBB, V, A, M) Very strong Christian worldview with very moral messages about honesty, not stealing, doing the right thing, positive family portrayal; no foul language; some slapstick comic violence involving pratfalls; no sex, just some mild marital kissing; no nudity; teenagers caught with beer but it’s rebuked; no smoking or drugs; and, daughter acts rebellious but rebuked, son downloads songs and sells them to his classmates but rebuked, lying but rebuked, stealing but rebuked.
3 DAY TEST tells the story of Martin, a Type A, highly successful accountant who’s forced to confront the fact he’s losing his family by being a workaholic. It’s a delightful, funny family movie with a strong Christian worldview and many teachable moments.
The movie opens with a very funny scene of a traffic jam because a crane operator is moving some port-a-potties. The cable breaks and one of the potties lands on Martin’s car. This causes Martin to be late for his most important client. When he gets to the office, people are exchanging Christmas presents, and the client reads him the riot act to get the client out of trouble with the IRS or lose his business.
What’s worse is that Martin gets a frantic call from his brother, Sam, that his own teenage daughter, Lu, has been caught by the police with a hairy tattooed boyfriend and some beer. Martin drives to his brother’s remote house and is regaled by his brother that Armageddon is coming, and Martin’s not prepared. Sam is a survivalist. Martin grabs his daughter and takes her home to ground her. When he gets home, he discovers his family is in disarray. His younger daughter, Jessie, is listening to a preacher on TV talk about Jonah and three days in the whale. Jessie tells Martin they should go to church. She has become a Christian and a witness.
Martin’s wife, Jackie, is upset with him. His family is upset with him. The neighbor is upset with him. A TV station shows up to interview him about being hit with a toilet. Meanwhile, Martin looks at a survivalist video his brother gave him called “3 Day Test.” He decides to take three days to reconnect with his family by blackening the windows, cutting off the power, hiding the cell phones, and living as if Armageddon has occurred. His family’s not pleased because it’s Christmas. The neighbor reports to the police that Martin’s holding his family hostage. A SWAT team shows up, and the TV station captures everything.
The wife defends Martin and agrees to the three day test. His brother, who calls himself Uncle Sam, ups the ante by breaking into Martin’s house and taking all his food. When he’s pushed to the limit, Martin decides to fight back. Can they defend themselves against Uncle Sam and his son? Can they survive the three day test?
3 DAY TEST is a funny, droll, goofy movie with a strong Gospel message. Corbin Bernsen is a terrific director and a good actor. The dialogue is some of the most clever dialogue you’ll encounter. Best of all, the little girl convinces her family to go to church. There are some over-the-top moments and plot inconsistencies, which may be resolved in the final edit. Overall, however, 3 DAY TEST is a delightful family movie with a heartwarming ending that may encourage you to take a three day break to reconnect with your family.