A remarkable testimony of the sovereignty of God unfolds in WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS: PART 2. Based on the novel by Wilson Rawls, the movie opens in 1946 as two marines, Billy Coleman and Rainee Pritchard return from WW II to the Louisiana farmhouse of Grandpa Coleman (Wilford Brimley) and Billy’s sister, Sara. The story begins with a sweet reunion, though many changes have taken place. Sara is no longer a teenager; she now attends college on a scholarship. Grandpa Coleman is older and suffers from poor health. Rainee must overcome selfish ambition to win Sara’s hand in marriage. Billy struggles with the issue of fairness, and how the war cost him his right leg. As the characters work through their difficulties, tragedy strikes, drawing everyone closer to God. Billy recalls a discussion about the Lord. “Did you meet Him halfway?” Grandpa asked. Now, Billy realizes: “It wasn’t a matter of meeting God halfway. God found me and He’s been there all along.” Though slow, WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS: PART 2 is a superb film, enhanced with beautiful scenery, heart-felt acting performances and a delicate message of faith. The movie should serve as proof that movie excellence can be achieved without pathological behavior, foul language, occultism, or excessive sex and violence.
(B, C, L, V) Biblical messages of God's sovereignty, friendship, self-sacrifice, responsibility, and respect for elders and animals, minister reads from Bible, evidence of character's faith in God, singing hymns in church. However, the movie contains two minor obscenities, one exclamatory profanity and a fist fight.