As a group of classmates train for the upcoming championship in track, swimming, gymnastics and dance, the competition is fierce in the sport and their personal lives. These are ordinary teens who deal with real life struggles in their family, school — especially the pressure to be someone when others tell them that they’re no one. An unexpected tragedy changes the playing field and tests their endurance. Which of them will remain steadfast?
“Steadfast” does a great job in making a statement: bullying is not acceptable! The movie revolves around several characters, including Moriah (Ashley King), a Christian girl who is always nice to those around her, even to Claire (Kaci Shoner), who can’t stand her Christian ethics and wants her boyfriend, Nick (James-Thomas Frank), for herself. A young man named Jesse (Jacob Shoner) is dealing with the recent loss of his mother, a distant father, and bullying. Claire is dealing with an abusive father who is always drunk, and Abby is unhappy and begins cutting herself. When Nick puts pressure on Moriah to have sex with him, they go their separate ways. But Nick can’t get over how Moriah is always a nice person. He begins to wonder if he could have the same relationship with God that she has.
This thought-provoking film features a lot of teen angst and the various problems they face. It also makes clear that their battles are not only natural, but spiritual as well. The ending is filled with promise and hope. We are pleased to award “Steadfast” our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus.