"Flipping Right-side Up"
What You Need To Know:
HARDFLIP has been shaped into a movie with a compelling storyline. It’s also a movie with a lot of evangelistic content. A homeless man appears in several scenes with signs representing biblical wisdom. A famous British skateboarder tells Caleb about Jesus Christ. The essence of the story is to forgive others, then to forgive yourself. This occurs on many different levels. There’s some skateboard mild violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and verbal battles in HARDFLIP. However, the conclusion is very redemptive, uplifting, and satisfying.
(CCC, BB, L, V, AA, DD, M) Very strong Christian, evangelistic worldview set in the world of skateboarding gangs with some illicit behavior, usually rebuked; one obscenity; some fighting, mother collapses with a brain tumor, skateboard gangs scuffle, mild fighting, boy tries to commit suicide on alcohol and drugs, gang leader threatens a couple people; no overt sex but discussion of having child out of wedlock; no nudity; alcohol use and abuse; drug use; and, boy forges mother’s name on a check to enter into skateboard contest.
HARDFLIP is a compelling movie with a Christian worldview.
Caleb is an angry, alienated teenage son of a single mom. He resents the fact he never had a father and pursues skateboarding rather than college or career. His mom tries to get him on track, but he’s angry at her for never being at home. The reason she’s never at home is that she’s working two jobs to provide for him.
In the beginning of HARDFLIP, she hears the news from the hospital that she has a serious brain tumor. She takes a lot of drugs and alcohol to try to keep going, but Caleb sees her as just a lush. One day when they fight and he tells her he hates her, she collapses. He rushes her to the hospital and starts searching for clues to how to keep his life together through her papers.
Caleb comes across love letters from his father, who didn’t want the responsibility of a son but has been sending checks every moth, which his mother never cashed. He finds out his father is a wealthy architect developer. He breaks into his office and confronts him. Suddenly, his father begins to understand the terrible cost of his selfishness.
When Caleb gets an eviction notice, he decides to join a skateboarding contest. He forges his mother’s signature on a check to get the entry fee. When they stage the contest, and trespass on private property, he’s arrested by a policeman. His father pays his bail, but Caleb is still angry with the years of neglect,. He tries to commit suicide with his mother’s pills and alcohol. His father rescues him just in time.
So, the plot question is, will Caleb get his life together? Will he amount to anything? Will he pursue his art? Will he reconcile with his father?
HARDFLIP has been shaped into a movie with a compelling storyline. It’s also a movie with a lot of evangelistic content. A homeless man appears in several scenes with signs representing biblical wisdom. A famous British skateboarder tells Caleb about Jesus Christ. The essence of the story is to forgive others, then to forgive yourself. This occurs on many different levels.
There’s some skateboard mild violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and verbal battles in HARDFLIP. Caleb lives in a dysfunctional family in a dysfunctional world. It becomes clear he needs Jesus Christ to function and reconcile all the disparate elements in his life. Ultimately, the conclusion in HARDFLIP is very satisfying.