THE PLEDGE

"Understanding the Ultimate Price"

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THE PLEDGE is about a teenager named Tory. Tory’s father is a New York professor. His mother is a hypnotherapist. Everything’s going well for Tory until his parents say they’re leaving for West Virginia. His father is transferring to a university where he can study and perhaps save a rare plant. Tory doesn’t want to go. When he gets to West Virginia, he’s a fish out of water. To understand it all, Tory goes to the city park and tries to figure out the statue of a World War I soldier. A prankster shows up and throws an egg at the statue. The police come after Tory. They don’t believe anyone else was there. The judge sentences Tory to community service at the local veteran’s home. There, Tory gets into more trouble. The veteran’s home gives Tory one more chance to succeed, by making a movie interviewing the veterans.

THE PLEDGE is a very emotional movie with some excellent witty dialogue. The confrontations between Tory’s parents and Jill are delightful. Michael Guy Allen as Mitch is extremely powerful. THE PLEDGE is a wonderful refutation of pacifism and political correctness in a winsome, dramatic way.

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(BBB, PPP, CC, V, M) Very strong moral, patriotic movie with a very good prayer to Jesus and references to the Pledge of Allegiance that honors veterans and helping a liberal vegan academic family get over their politically correctness so they can appreciate the ultimate price the veterans paid; three strong, heartfelt Oh my Gods that are more like pleas to God; mild violence such as character throws soap flakes over young man, character dumps paint over young man, bullies threaten to beat up young man, man dies off screen, and discussion of the ultimate price paid by members of the armed forces; minor love story between teenagers with nothing explicit; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, references to hypnotism, pacifism but refuted, and teenager has been traumatized by 9/11 experiences.

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THE PLEDGE is a heartfelt movie about a young man named Tory, whose father is a professor in New York City and his mother is a hypnotherapist.

Everything is going well for Tory until his parents say they’re leaving for West Virginia. His father is transferring to a university where he can study and perhaps save a rare plant. Tory doesn’t want to go. When he gets to West Virginia, he’s a fish out of water. Football is big, faith is big, family is big, and Tory’s dreams of being a filmmaker are dashed.

To get away from it all, Tory goes to the city park and tries to figure out the statue of the famous World War I soldier who became the symbol of a doughboy, a new recruit caught in the center of the battle. A prankster shows up and throws an egg at the statue. The police come after Tory, not believing anyone else was there defacing the statue. In a very funny scene, the elderly judge sentences Tory to 50 hours of community service at the veteran’s home. His mother and father tell the judge Tory can’t do this because they’re pacifists, so the judge adds 50 more hours to Tory’s sentence.

At the veteran’s home, Tory finds the home is on its last legs strapped for capital, and barely surviving. The administrator, Annie, tries to make Tory’s community service as nice as possible, but he’s ridiculed and attacked by a veteran named Joe. In the home Tory sees Jill, a young girl from his high school who comes and sings to the veterans every day while she’s dressed in red, white, and blue. Jill’s mother died when she was young, and her father died in Afghanistan.

When Tory fails at several jobs, Annie gives him one last chance to make a movie about the veterans home. She assigns Jill to help him. One of the young veterans, Mitch, intrigues Tory. Tory tries to get Mitch to do an interview, but Mitch keeps refusing. Can Tory convince Mitch to give an interview? Will he finish the movie in time for Annie’s fundraising appeal to the community? Will Tory get together with Jill? And, will the veterans home survive?

THE PLEDGE is a very emotional movie with some excellent witty dialogue. The confrontations between Tory’s parents and Jill are delightful. Michael Guy Allen as Mitch is extremely powerful. He’s a talented actor.

THE PLEDGE is a wonderful refutation of pacifism and political correctness in a winsome, dramatic way. MOVIEGUIDE® commends the filmmakers.

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