The parable of the Prodigal Son gets a soapy Hollywood
treatment in this faith-based comedy-drama, directed by Dallas Jenkins. A
washed-up former child star (Brett Dalton) lands in trouble in his hometown,
moves back in with his estranged father (Neil Flynn), and must complete 200
hours of community service at a Christian megachurch run by an evangelical
pastor (D.B. Sweeney). Despite the initial resistance of its comely director
(Anjelah Johnson-Reyes), the actor finds an outlet for his creative energy —
and eventually sees the light — through his participation in the church's
passion play. Andrea Gyerston Nasfell's script is predictable but sincere, and
offers lessons in forgiveness and redemption suitable for all ages.
Watch out for: A nongraphic
portrayal of the Crucifixion.
Rated: A-I, general
patronage; MPAA: PG