"Second Chance on Life"
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CHARLIE ST. CLOUD is a moving, heartfelt drama. Even though the plot is predictable and somewhat sappy, Zac Effron shines onscreen. He keeps the movie from falling into its own melancholy traps. The movie has strong, overt Christian references, including prayer to Jesus Christ during a funeral, but they are spoiled by some Romantic elements, brief foul language and an implied sex scene. Otherwise, however, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD is an enjoyable, inspiring drama. Please visit Movieguide.org for the complete review.
(Pa, Ro, CC, B, L, VV, S, N, AA, D, M) Light mixed pagan worldview with Romantic worldview elements and some supernatural aspects as grieving man believes he is speaking with his dead brother while he is grieving, some overt Christian elements include positive mention of God and how the Lord gives people second chances, Christian prayer during funeral with mention of Jesus Christ, ambulance driver prays and wears pendant of St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes (although man says he believes there are no lost causes), and man asks for forgiveness, plus some moral elements of heroism and a soldier loses his life in battle; five obscenities and two profanities; violence includes graphic car wreck in which little brother is killed by drunk driver, guy punches man and knocks him out, baseball hits guy in crotch, woman and man hit their heads in shipwreck; unmarried kissing in a couple scenes and implied fornication; implied underage drinking, drinking and driving, which results in car wreck that kills little boy, beer and wine, and drunkenness depicted; smoking; and, lying.
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD stars Zac Effron as Charlie, a bright young man with a promising future. Charlie’s life is halted when he is unable to let go of the grief of losing his little brother in a drunken car accident years ago.
Growing up in a small, seaside yachting village, Charlie is at the top of his high school graduating class with a full-ride sailing scholarship to Stanford in the fall. During the summer, Charlie and his little brother, Sam, practice Sam’s baseball every evening in the woods at sunset. However, when a tragic, drunk driver takes young Sam’s life, Charlie cannot let go of Sam. Still seeing visions of his late brother, Charlie promises Sam that he will meet him everyday at sunset to practice Sam’s baseball.
Five years later, Charlie works a job as the caretaker at the local cemetery, close to the woods, so that he can play ball with Sam every day at sunset. Then, one day, Charlie meets Tess, a young yachtswoman who is about to undertake a one-woman sail around the world. When a sailing accident leaves Tess in a life-threatening situation, Charlie must decide going after the woman he loves or keeping his promise to his little brother.
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD is a moving, heartfelt drama. Even though the plot is predictable and somewhat sappy, Zac Effron shines onscreen. He keeps the movie from falling into its own melancholy traps. The movie should be taken for what it is – a delightful journey, never too deep but enjoyably uplifting.
The movie does have a light, mixed pagan worldview with elements of Romanticism. While there are some strong, overt Christian, moral elements such as positive mentions of God and Christian prayer, including prayer to Jesus Christ during a funeral, as well as belief in miracles, forgiveness and second chances, there are also some elements that require caution, especially for younger audiences. There is some light language, implied fornication, and disturbing violence that includes teenage drunkenness and a graphic car wreck.
All in all, therefore, media-wise audiences should approach CHARLIE ST. CLOUD with caution. That said, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD is still an enjoyable drama with uplifting content.