AN UNLIKELY ANGEL enters at a monumental moment in the life of Janie, a driven, but pregnant creative executive at a large toy company headquartered in New York City. Janie is making the biggest pitch of her career when her water breaks, ending the meeting. So, the biggest pitch of her career could turn out to be the biggest hitch. She prayed just before the meeting, and, as always, God answers prayer, even when the prayer is only two words. As often is the case, the answer Janie gets isn’t quite what she expected.
Streaming on Pure Flix, AN UNLIKELY ANGEL is a well-produced, well-acted movie. It has a sharp script and a surprise ending. AN UNLIKELY ANGEL has a strong Christian, biblical worldview. God sends angels into Janie’s life, both heavenly and earthly ones, to provide her tools to discern God’s will for her life. The movie also includes Bible reading, prayer and timely conversations about faith, family and courage. Viewers may well guess the general outcome of AN UNLIKELY ANGEL, but they probably won’t anticipate exactly where it winds up!
(CCC, BBB, CapCap, H, V, M):
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, biblical worldview with Bible reading, prayer and timely conversations about faith, family and courage, combined with scenes with an angel and some strong pro-capitalist elements, and lead character struggles with a self-centered life while ignoring God, so an opposing, light humanist worldview is also depicted
No obscenities, profanities, or blasphemies, plus one potential scatological issue could arise with a scene where a pregnant woman’s water breaks while she’s standing around other people (this may require some explanation with younger children, even when they may perceive it to be another bodily function issue
Light violence occurs twice when a head-on auto accident is hinted at with a split-second look at the oncoming vehicle and a black-out screen with crash sound effects
No explicit nudity but there’s one scene with the main character in an alluring nightgown with her husband, though nothing else happens
No alcohol use
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
A woman tries to entice a married man, and a mild depiction of a self-centered life ignoring the input of both the significant others around her and of God.
AN UNLIKELY ANGEL enters at a monumental moment in the life of Janie Caswell. She’s making the biggest business pitch of her career, but her pregnancy water breaks to end the meeting. This brings her to what she sees as the biggest hitch of her career. She prayed just before the event, and, as always, God answers prayer, even when it’s merely two words. However, as often is the case, the answer isn’t quite what we expect.
AN UNLIKELY ANGEL portrays a strong Christian worldview with a high-quality production, a sharp script, well-chosen scenery, and accomplished acting. God sends message-bearers, or “angels” into Janie’s life, both heavenly and earthly ones, to provide her tools to discern His way through for her. Considering the few scenes that contain mildly questionable content (such as pregnancy water breaking, an alluring nightgown, a set-up for an auto collision, a husband’s hinted interest in another woman), some media wisdom is suggested. Best of all, though viewers may well guess the general outcome if they’re familiar with the faith-based movie genre, they probably won’t anticipate exactly where AN UNLIKELY ANGEL winds up and should be pleasantly surprised!
Janie Caswell is a driven creative executive at a large toy company headquartered in New York City. Confident, competitive and respected, Janie’s the star idea person with a track record of success for her employer. Janie is also pregnant, and she feels wholly unqualified and incompetent to be a mother, about which she utters a simple prayer as she looks up to Heaven from the rooftop of her corporate offices, “Help. . . please.”
Back onto the floor of the company offices, she encounters her boss and co-workers in a lobby, and they continue a boardroom meeting while standing right there. Mid-conversation, her water breaks. That changes everything. She has another pressing engagement to attend ASAP, and she’s hastened to a ride-share car for her trip to the hospital.
The ride-share driver, Gabe, engages in conversation where he seems to know more than he should about Janie. How? He tells Janie he’s an angel sent as an answer to her prayer. She retorts, “What prayer!?”. To which he reminds her of her simple two words on the rooftop. Janie is fixated on his route to get to the hospital and ignores Gabe’s heavenly assignment news. Moreover, control-freak that she is, she barks orders for different streets, different turns. Gabe reluctantly complies.
After a blackout scene, Janie wakes up in her hospital room and asks the attending nurse to see her newborn, Samantha. Instead, her husband David comes to her bedside alone and with unsettling news. She’s in a hospital room six years later in a small eastern seacoast town, where her family now lives with her father. David eventually brings 6-year old Samantha into the room, and Janie begins a journey that spans the rest of AN UNLIKELY ANGEL. She discovers that she prized her professional life over her marriage and family life, always doing what she wants without the input of the significant others surrounding her. As a result, another woman has entered the picture, vying for her husband.
Janie finds that she doesn’t like how things have developed. She realizes she has some choices to make. Janie begins to read a Bible gifted her by a hospital nurse. She also remembers some sage advice from her father about trusting God and not just herself. So, the question is, will Janie listen to what God has to say about fixing her life?
AN UNLIKELY ANGEL is a well-produced, well-acted movie. It’s a high-quality production with a sharp script. It also has a great surprise ending. Viewers may well guess the general outcome of the movie if they’re familiar with the faith-based movie genre. However, they probably won’t anticipate exactly where AN UNLIKELY ANGEL finally winds up and should be pleasantly surprised!
AN UNLIKELY ANGEL has a strong Christian, biblical worldview. The movie includes Bible reading, prayer and timely conversations about faith, family and courage. The movie’s Christian, biblical themes are handled wisely in this well-written script. There’s unexpected faith and courage and trust that God can do things when you can’t. AN UNLIKELY ANGEL also promotes a healthy work-life and home-life balance and cultivates spiritual disciplines to help you grow as a godly person.
Of course, Janie’s struggle with a self-centered life and her ignoring God are also portrayed. So, her godless humanist worldview is also depicted. AN UNLIKELY ANGEL also has the pregnancy water breaking scene, a car collision, a scene where Janie wears an alluring nightgown, and scenes hinting that the husband could be tempted by another woman. So, some media wisdom is suggested.
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