mtl Movie Reviews by The Dove Foundation
Runtime: 90 minutes
Starring: Cara Buono, John Corbett, Barry Corbin
Director: Steve Gomer
Sex: A husband and wife kiss; it's said some refugees were raped but the scene does not linger on this topic.
Violence: An officer, through a misunderstanding, strikes a pastor and the pastor has a little blood on his forehead but the misunderstanding is straightened out; a boy is seen with a bit of blood on him from getting in a fight.
Drugs: A cigarette is seen behind a man's ear; the photo of a man with a rifle and a cigarette in his mouth.
Other: Tension between a few characters; it's said a man's wife had dropped dead; it's stated there was stealing from some refugees; tattoo seen on man.
"All Saints" is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.
Is God the God of all people? The name of the church in this film fits the theme—All Saints—that all people, including the refugees from Southeast Asia, are God's people. Do people need a faith that can demand a bit of fight and spunk? Just ask Pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett). The answer is a resounding yes! Faced with the closing of his first church, in Smyrna, Tennessee, Pastor Mike believes he hears from God, and he hears to keep the church doors open. This is despite what his church leadership plans. They want to close the doors and find Michael another church.
Following God's plan is not always easy, as Pastor Michael learns. He and the Karen refugees from southeast Asia work together to farm the land on church property. The idea is for the refugees to make a living, and for the extra money to go toward keeping the church doors open. Then they are hit with a drought. Next, just when they find a way—through a bit of a miracle—to water the land, a tremendous rain comes and damages much of the crops. What will they wind up doing?
John Corbett is terrific in the movie as Pastor Michael as is Barry Corbin who plays a gruff but kind farmer that helps out just when it's needed the most. This movie will keep you thinking; could it be that God's plan differs a bit from our own, but still works out? We are more than happy to award the film our Faith-Friendly Seal for all ages. "All Saints" is a movie for, well...all!
Dove Family Approved: Recommended For All Ages
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