Movie Review: 'Faith of Our Fathers'

NEW YORK (CNS) -- "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" (Jn 15:13). That's the overarching theme of "Faith of Our Fathers" (Pure Flix), a well-intentioned but awkwardly uneven account of Christianity's impact on two generations of families.

Hollywood producer and actress share stories about their faith journeys

One of the most desperate characters in “Do You Believe?” is a young man headed for a life of crime but knowing deep in his heart that what he is doing is wrong.  He comes face to face with a gentleman who once walked in his shoes. The wise man, who had chosen God’s path toward forgiveness and redemption, implores the lost soul to do the same and imparts these words: “You have to choose to take the first step, and it will change your life.”

'Do You Believe?' compels us to take up our cross

In 2014, Pure Flix Entertainment — a Christian production company — made a bold statement with the labeling of its movie “God’s Not Dead.” And despite dismal reviews by popular critics, viewers proved the film studio right. Produced on a $2 million budget, “God’s Not Dead” has earned more than $62 million. Not bad for a film that Variety magazine characterized as a “typically ham-fisted Christian campus melodrama.”

(CNS) Catholic News Service:

A-I — general patronage
A-II — adults and adolescents
A-III — adults
A-IV — adults, with reservations
L — limited adult audiences, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling
O — morally offensive (MPAA)

Motion Picture Association of America:

G — general audiences, all ages admitted
PG — parental guidance suggested, some material may not be suitable for children
PG-13 — parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
R — restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
NC-17 — no one 17 and under admitted (age limit may vary in certain areas)