Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.
Yes.. John Ratzenberger! And he's in person. He has done some great animation (in addition to Cheers) but this is him live in the flesh. The movie is a sweet story of forgiveness, and what God's grace can do. You can write the story line and it is a good family film. The acting is very good and on point. In a nutshell, Ernest takes the young man in and helps him to think about things in terms of What Would Jesus Do- the subtitle of the film. I love when a faith film has some great well known actors in them.
One downside is that the movie is not captioned. Those of you who read my reviews know that is a pet peeve because it leaves out a large portion of our society. Cochlear implant kiddo watched with me but it was very hard for him to follow along. Also the story, although sweet and good, was a bit slow moving at times and pretty predictable.
I would still recommend it as a family film however. And I wish there were more of these types of flicks.
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