"Something to Sing About" DVD an Excellent Evangelistic Tool
- Monday, January 30, 2006
Equally mesmerizing is Hall, as the fearless grandmother with the gift of evangelism. She hits her heartwarming notes flawlessly and provides the perfect contrast to McCrary’s character. With more than 50 credits to her name, mostly in television, it’s not surprising that Hall’s resume boasts several upcoming feature films.
Although she had a lead role in the TV series, “Sister, Sister,” however, Tamera Mowry – as Meemaw’s granddaughter and Tommy’s love interest – isn’t nearly as strong. Although her character is sweet and loving, Mowry tends to overact. But appearances by John Amos (J.J.’s father in “Good Times”) as their pastor, and Grant Goodeve (“Eight is Enough”), as a country music executive, were fun to watch.
The dialogue is somewhat predictable, but it serves the purpose of the film without becoming cheesy, save one or two exceptions – such as when Credo gives his life to Christ and talks to God out loud, and the inclusion of televised Billy Graham Crusades not just once, but twice, which felt a lot like a product placement. Having worked with plenty of people from the streets, however – prostitutes, drug dealers and gang members – I was surprised at how realistic the dialogue was, especially since it never resorts to foul language. It’s also a huge relief to see a Christian film about this subject, made in a way that is both real and engaging.
Appropriate for families, except for those with younger children, due to one violent scene (there is shooting, but no one is killed), this film will make an excellent evangelistic tool for churches, youth groups and para-church ministries. It’s an enjoyable, quality film with strong Christian messages about not only giving your life to Jesus, but also what it means to be a Christian community, and the importance of reaching out to others who need to hear the gospel.
“Something to Sing About” is included in the new World Wide Pictures collection, "Billy Graham Presents: HeartWarming Tales of Faith and Inspiration." Other short films featured are “Road to Redemption” and “Last Fight Out, which are distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
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