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PEACE RIVER

"Look to God for Redemption and Peace"

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What You Need To Know:

PEACE RIVER follows the life of cowboy Casey Shane as he discovers what it is to be a cowboy from his loving grandfather, Bo. Casey grows up alongside Maria, and they both become skilled rodeo cowboys. Casey becomes a champion rodeo cowboy in high school but wants to continue his family’s legacy of serving in the military. Maria says she will wait for him to return and attends college. However, when Casey returns from the War on Terror after 9/11, he could sever his longtime relationships with family, the love of his life and God. Casey must decide whether or not to trust God and the wise words of his grandfather or continue down his own broken path.

PEACE RIVER contains some gorgeous scenery that celebrates modern-day cowboys but contains some noticeable technical mistakes. It does champion God, country, faith, serving others, prayer, and gratitude. Forgiveness and the power of God to overcome grief play major roles in Casey’s life. PEACE RIVER has some heavier themes like suicide, PTSD, substance abuse problems, and some depicted violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger viewers.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, PPP, VV, S, AA, DD):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian, biblical, moral, Pro-American worldview features prayer throughout, people attending church, people encourage others to turn towards God in hardship, major Christian, biblical themes of forgiveness and redemption and celebrates

Foul Language:
No foul language, a character is about to say a “b” word, but is cut off

Violence:
Strong violence where main character serves in the military, the events of 9/11 are seen on a TV screen, several firefights between US soldiers and terrorists are shown, several men are shot and killed, some blood is shown, it is later revealed that a girl that the US soldiers were trying to save had a suicide-bomb vest on that killed several people when it blew up, the movie shows these events in flashbacks as well, main character battles PTSD and considers suicide but is stopped after talking to God, a bar fight, mention of Casey’s dead father

Sex:
No sex scenes, but after a night at the bar it is suggested that a character sleeps around

Nudity:
Brief upper male nudity

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol and bars throughout, but on several occasions characters get drunk, which leads to further immorality

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking, a soldier who suffers from PTSD uses drugs and alcohol to cope; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

More Detail:

PEACE RIVER celebrates God, country and the cowboy way in a drama about the life of a rodeo champion turned military veteran.

After his father’s death, Casey Shane and his mother move into his grandparent’s house. Casey’s grandfather, Bo, teaches Casey how to live like a modern-day cowboy, working to root Casey in faith and family.

The Shanes are good friends with fellow cowboys, the Martinez family, and Casey and Maria grow up together. As their skill on horses and other rodeo animals increases, they both make headlines in the local papers. Not only are Maria and Casey some of the most skilled rodeo cowboys, but they are also in love with each other.

Bo and Casey’s father both served in the military, and Casey decides he wants to continue that legacy after graduating high school. Casey discusses it with Maria, and she says she will wait for him to come back home.

However, after Casey wins the Rodeo Championship, he celebrates by drinking and is seduced by another woman. Maria is heartbroken and doesn’t say goodbye to Casey when he leaves for the military. Casey realizes his mistake, and his love for Maria does not wane while in the service.

Casey becomes a staff sergeant and leads a group of friends into battle after the 9/11 attacks on the world trade center. However, Casey and his group of men are pinned down in a firefight, and a snap judgment costs everything.

Casey returns home but suffers from PTSD, relying on heavy drinking and meds instead of what Bo told him to rely on: God and family. In his depression, Casey he tries to rekindle things with Maria but fails to prove that he wouldn’t drag her down with him.

As Casey struggles to find his footing, he must decide whether or not to trust God and the wise words of his grandfather or continue down his own path.

PEACE RIVER contains some gorgeous scenery that celebrates modern-day cowboys but contains some technical mistakes which are noticeable. However, it champions God, serving others, and gratitude. Forgiveness and the power of God to overcome grief play a major role in Casey’s life. Due to heavier themes like suicide, PTSD, substance abuse problems, and some depicted violence in PEACE RIVER, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger viewers.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.