Disclaimer: I received a a complimentary copy of this movie from Family Christian to facilitate this review, regardless are opinions are my own.
If you are looking for a great family movie night, watch Mercy Rule!
Mercy Rule is a great family movie with lots of love, teamwork, and laughs.
Kirk Cameron’s character, John, is very relatable and real. He struggles with anger issues, putting work over family, and even smoking. He co-owns his father’s scrap business in the movie with his brother. John lies to his brother and risks losing his business due to inflated government regulations. With his mind so tightly on his business, he forgets his family for a bit. One of my favorite parts, is when he is trying to tell his wife that he might be losing it all and she says, “What is her name?”. John quickly explains that he meant the business and money. She then says, “then you haven’t lost everything”. This hit home for me. My husband and I have been struggling financially for the last several months due to a lost job. In some ways, our marriage is stronger than ever because our love is what is keeping up together and really the only thing, other than our faith we can say we are rich with.
Another great part of the film is baseball. The son,Cody, loves to pitch, and thinks of himself as pretty good. Almost every scene of him has him practicing his pitching. He asks his coach all the time to pitch. Coach says no all the time in response. Though the coach seems goofy and crazy, he knows about teams and baseball and wants each kid to be the best for themselves and the team. Cody learns so many lessons in teamwork, being a friend, and life in general.
In my opinion some parts are poorly filmed or are drawn out, but please don’t let that keep you away from this movie. The story lines in this movie are great and more than make up for the sometimes poor cinematography. Also, if you are looking for a preachy, Bible thumping movie- this movie is not one of those. I don’t think a Bible is even opened or quoted. I think that is great because if someone likes this movie, then they might be interested in watching Kirk’s other movies which are more evangelistic in nature.
Watch this movie until the last second. It is very important!!! Mixed in with the hilarious credits are scenes that tie up the movie. I thought only Disney and Marvel did that, but Kirk Cameron made it into an artform.
The movie comes with a study guide with discussion questions. This is where you dive in with your family to discuss the themes presented in the movie. Some of the topics are choosing sides, whining, finding courage, and fighting envy. Eleven topics are covered in all.
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