Find the latest Christian movie reviews here at CrossWalk.com! We offer movie reviews from a Christian perspective allowing you to make an informed decision prior to going to the theater. Our Christian movie reviews include your standard movie review information such as release date, rating, genre, run time, director, and actors, but they will also include "cautions" about language, profanity, alcohol, smoking, drug use, violence, crime, religion and morals. You can also find Christian music, Christian video, Christian news and much more all free on Crosswalk.comChristian Movie Reviews - Family Friendly Entertainment
Luke Benward, the 11-year-old star of How to Eat Fried Worms, which opens this week, still hasn't actually eaten one of the slimy little critters. (They're all fakes in the flick.)
But he has eaten a roly-poly bug—on a dare from his parents, no less. "Got five bucks for it," Luke says proudly. "It had sort of a Sour Patch-y taste. Definitely didn't taste like chicken."
Luke can thank his mom and dad not only for broadening his, er, tastes, but also for paving the way for his acting career. First of all, performing runs in the family: Luke's mom, Kenda, is an actress and TV personality who played Michael W. Smith's fiancée in The Second Chance. His dad, Aaron, formerly half of the Christian music duo Aaron & Jeoffrey, is now in the country music duo Blue County.
And then there's The Acting Kitchen. Kenda, also an acting coach, sometimes turns the family's kitchen into a makeshift studio for audition tapes. She'll record demos of child actors in the Nashville area, and then send 'em on to Hollywood agents. Several young actors got their first break in The Acting Kitchen, like The Disney Channel's Hannah Montana and C.J. Sanders, who played a young Ray Charles in Ray.
Oh, and Luke Benward, of course. The first "kitchen audition" tape that landed him a movie gig was for a supporting role in Because of Winn-Dixie. And it was a kitchen tape that led to Fried Worms, based on the popular children's book by the same name. Luke plays the lead role of Billy, who inadvertently challenges a notorious bully on his first day at a new school—and ends up agreeing to a bet to eat 10 worms in a day.
Winn-Dixie and Fried Worms are both productions of Walden Media, which makes the kind of movies—like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe—that Luke and his family, all Christians, believe in. "We are thrilled to be a part of what Walden is doing," says Luke's mom, "because we want to make a difference in this industry for good. We really want to set a positive example."
In this conversation with the rising sixth-grader, Luke gives Christianity Today Movies the scoop on his acting, his own moviemaking efforts, how his faith plays a role—and what he really thinks about the fake worms he had to eat on the set.