New: The Movie
Penny, Nattie, Emmie, and Jess are best friends who are spending their summer working at a creative arts center called All Things New. Together, they stage Art in the Park, a festival created for children to experience the joy of the arts. However, when a top talent scout shows up and offers Emmie’s adopted brother, Isiah, a life of fame and fortune in Los Angeles, Isiah is forced to make some difficult choice that may compromise his beliefs, as well as his relationships with his family and the kids who look up to him at the center. Filled with music, dancing, art, comedy, and drama, New is a fun family film that inspires viewers of all ages to use their gifts for the Lord.
“New: the Movie” is a terrific film about the power of togetherness to change things for the better. Penny and her friends, Jess, Natty, Emmy and others, follow the Lord and, because as they state, God has put creativity in us, they like to use their gifts at the Festival in the Park during the summer. Nicole Mauk is remarkable as Penny, the glue that holds the gang together. She is a fun loving girl who loves to eat, joke around, hang with friends, and glorify God.
The story includes a plot about a young man named Isaiah (Cameron Thompkins) who is a talented singer as well as dancer. A scoundrel named Porter Dylan, a talent scout, attempts to draw Isaiah away from his Christian devotion and from his family. A young coach named Thad has to select whether his choice to quit managing some kids playing ball due to other teams stacking their teams was the appropriate or wrong choice.
The movie focuses on the myriad of choices that we make and how they have consequences and how good undertakings can help cancel bad ones. This energetic film easily earns our Dove Seal for all ages, although the very young wouldn’t enjoy it as much as older kids and teens. “New: The Movie” emphatically makes the point that anyone in Christ is a new creature. The move offers hope!