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THE PENNY is well acted in the main roles. With the intertwined stories it movies quickly as all the stories being to converge in the end. There are some bits of story illogic at times. There are twists at the end that reveal surprises. THE PENNY makes a point of naming God and not “luck” or “fate” as being what holds our lives together. Characters pray in Christ’s name and read the Bible. There’s some violence and gunplay, however, but it’s not graphic at all. Also, teenagers are shown drunk in THE PENNY, but the main teenager refuses to drink.
(CCC, BBB, Pa, VV, AA, D, M) Very strong Christian, biblical worldview as characters find God’s hand in tragedy and life’s unanswered questions, and pray in Christ’s name and read the Bible marred by a reference to “luck”; no foul language; strong but not graphic violence includes policeman shot, man threatens to kill another man, characters held hostage at gunpoint, aftermath of an auto accident seen, woman accidently cuts foot on glass; no sexual content; no nudity; drinking of alcohol by lead adult, teenagers are drunk but main teenager character refuses to drink; cigarette smoking by villains; and, stealing, teenager slips out of house at night but rebuked, robbery, hostage taking, teenager drives drunk though consequences seen.
THE PENNY is a unique drama where the lives of six people are linked together by their encounter with a single bent penny. Former detective Jack tries to overcome the grief and guilt over the death of his partner and is shocked to find that God has orchestrated a number of events to resolve the issues and give him closure.
Jack’s wife has an ailment that can’t be diagnosed, his teenage daughter is resentful over Jack’s attention to her younger brothers. Meanwhile, Dan, a store owner is going through a divorce and on troubled economic times. Two young adults, Rick and Curt get involved with a gang leader to whom they owe money.
Each of these stories begin to interact naturally. Characters traffic into the store, and everyone is essentially in the small section of town. As the stories unfold, a single bent penny plays a role of going from person to person. As the stories collide in the end, the penny plays a small, yet pivotal part, of how closure comes to the story.
THE PENNY is well acted in the main roles. There’s solid TV movie type production values. With the intertwined stories, it moves quickly as all the stories being to converge in the end.
There are some bits of story illogic and plot holes at times. The police chief hampers the detective’s work, which seems very forced. Dan doesn’t go to the divorce proceedings because the one place he calls doesn’t have a tow truck. It seems he could have tried another one. Another important key to the plot is that when the boys find the money, they don’t take it but instead panic and run without it. They could have just as easy grabbed it then, especially the way the scene is staged.
Even with those issues, the movie is somewhat engaging, and there are twists at the end that reveal surprises.
THE PENNY makes a very big point of naming God and not “luck” or “fate” as being what holds our lives together. When they discover that the bent penny literally saved lives, some say it was lucky (a pagan statement), but the main character says it’s God.
The main characters reference God’s sovereignty and work in our lives. Characters pray in Jesus’ name and read the Bible.
In all, THE PENNY is an enjoyable movie with a great ultimate message. Caution for children because there is the concept of luck as well as some violence and gunplay, though not graphic at all, and teenagers are shown drunk, but the main teenage character refuses to drink.