A CROSS TO BEAR

Content:

(CCC, BB, V, AA, DD, M) Very strong Christian worldview with strong moral elements promoting compassion, forgiveness and love as a Christian woman running a women’s shelter helps a troubled alcoholic woman; no foul language; brief violence includes boyfriend abusing his girlfriend, scenes which include the remnants of a baby burned in a fire, and a character threatens to attack another character with a fire poker; implied fornication ends in an unwed pregnancy, some suggestive dancing; no nudity but women wear tight fitting clothing showing female cleavage; alcohol use and drunkenness; implied drugs; and, dysfunctional family, lying and greed.

Summary:

A CROSS TO BEAR is a dramatic, emotionally charged story about a troubled alcoholic woman who finds refuge at a women’s shelter run by a Christian woman. A CROSS TO BEAR is a beautiful portrayal of Christians meeting the practical needs of the troubled, poor and destitute with Scriptures sprinkled throughout the story, but caution is advised for older children because of some difficult subject matter.

Review:

CROSS TO BEAR is an emotional, well-acted movie about forgiveness and trusting in God amidst tragedy.
Erica Moses was taught from a young age from her mother that “a man with no money is no money at all.” This is a principle Erica lives by as she strives to find work as an adult. After her career as a dancer doesn’t work out, she snags an up and coming singer rising to stardom in the music industry as her boyfriend. Thinking she has it made, Erica soon finds herself homeless and pregnant.
Forced to live out on the streets, Erica finds a place to live at a home for abused girls. Joan, the homeowner, does her best to help Erica, but Erica refuses. Back out on the streets with only a bottle of wine to survive, she returns to Joan. Joan not only gives Erica shelter and food, but helps her find her bigger purpose in the world. Desperate to forgive herself for neglecting her baby and allowing her to be burned in a fire, Erica searches to not only find herself again, but also the love and forgiveness her soul desperately needs.
A CROSS TO BEAR is a beautiful portrayal of Christians meeting the practical needs of the poor and destitute. The movie drives home the message that as Christians, we have an obligation to help the less fortunate. With scriptures sprinkled throughout, the characters and plot make it clear, it isn’t how many Scriptures you know, but what you put into practice.
This heart-wrenching film accurately depicts the depravity of man without the guidance and love of Christ. Erica struggles to find the love and acceptance missing as a child through promiscuity and drinking. Joan, a Christian, puts her love for Christ into action as she strives to “seek and save the lost.” This movie demonstrates that Christians, when they put their beliefs into action, can be the hands and feet of Christ and transform the world.
Despite the well-acted portrayal of love and forgiveness, parents should be advised there are a couple disturbing scenes. One scene of a baby accidentally burned in a fire and scenes of women strung out on drugs living in the streets may be difficult for some viewers. Parents should exercise caution when allowing older children to view the film and is not appropriate for children under the age of twelve.

In Brief:

A CROSS TO BEAR is an emotionally charged look into the world of the poverty stricken and desperate. Erica Moses, an orphan, struggles to find her way in the world with no guidance. Running from boyfriend to boyfriend and from drink to drink, she becomes pregnant, which forces her to live on the streets. Taking shelter at a home for struggling women run by a Christian woman, Erica not only finds a place to call home, but also a new life in Jesus Christ. A CROSS TO BEAR is a beautiful portrayal of Christians meeting the practical needs of the poor and destitute. This heart-wrenching movie accurately depicts the depravity of man without the guidance and love of Christ. Despite the well-acted portrayal of love and forgiveness, parents should be advised there are a couple disturbing scenes. A scene of a baby accidentally burned in a fire and scenes of women strung out on drugs living in the streets may be difficult for some viewers. Parents should exercise caution when allowing older children to view A CROSS TO BEAR.