Genre Archives: Drama

The Playbook

June 9, 2015
Dove "Faith-Friendly" For Ages 12 and Over
"The Playbook," based on a true story, does a fine job demonstrating that God is with those who go through times of sorrow and pain. Mick Preston does a terrific job playing Steven Thomas, an Aussie high school basketball coach who is a committed Christian and husband and father. His son Jackson [...]

Fifty Shades of Grey

February 13, 2015
Not Recommended for Families
Effective January 1st, 2009, The Dove Foundation Review Team has ceased reviewing all NC-17 rated movies and certain extraordinarily explicit R-rated films. This decision was reached due to the fact that Dove reviewers are parents or grandparents with conservative values. As such, we feel that we [...]

McFarland USA

February 20, 2015
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
"McFarland USA" is the perfect family movie! It is a remarkable film based on a true story and combines drama and humor to present a coach and his athletes as underdogs who work hard and learn to believe in themselves. The results are pretty spectacular. Kevin Costner gives a strong performance as [...]


Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
"Polycarp" is an inspiring movie with a sweeping score that will play well to modern audiences. This is largely due to director Joe Henline's ability to build relationships between the characters that feel contemporary. The moments between Anna (Eliya Hurt) and her adoptive mother Melina (Ilse [...]

Black or White

January 30, 2015
Not Recommended for Families
"Black or White" is a powerful movie that deals with touchy topics such as racism and what it means to be a good parent. Kevin Costner turns in an excellent performance as Elliot Anderson, as does Octavia Spencer as Rowena Jeffers. Anderson's daughter died in childbirth, leaving Anderson and his [...]

The Tell-Tale Heart

August 10, 2004
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
"The Tell-Tale Heart" is the award-winning telling of this famous short story. It is narrated by Michael Sollazzo who also acts in the film, along with Robert E. Reynolds who plays the "old man." Based on Edgar Allan Poe's classic story, this short film recreates the mood of the story and features [...]

Im a Fool

January 10, 2006
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
Andy is a young man traveling around the country with Burt (a black man, as he was called in that time) from race track to race track taking care of the stables and horses. Andy narrates this story about the job, the times, his home and his opinions about the people at the track. But a day comes [...]

Rappaccinis Daughter

May 3, 2005
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
This story is one of mystery and romance. Giovanni is a scholar who wants to write great things, but when his rented room faces a wonderful garden, he becomes inquisitive about not only the garden but also the beautiful young woman who takes care of it. Love blossoms between Beatrice, the young [...]

The Sky is Gray

January 25, 2005
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
In 1940 there was still a lot of segregation and racism in this country. When a young boy has a toothache, his hard-working mother, who works in the fields, takes him to town to see the dentist. The trip is an awakening for young James. [...]

Pauls Case

May 3, 2005
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
This is a charming short story about a young man who daydreams of living the good life. When he is expelled from school, his father arranges for him to go to work. He steals $2,000 from his employer and uses it to take the train to New York City. Once in the big city, he indulges in all the things [...]