Just Let Go

DVD Release: January 15, 2016
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Synopsis

After surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to “just let go” and forgive the young man who caused it.

Dove Review

“Just Let Go” is a gripping movie that demonstrates the power of forgiveness. It stars Henry Ian Cusick as Chris Williams, a husband and father who loses three children and his wife in a car accident caused by a drunken driver. The film is based on a true story.

Curtis Wright is the juvenile driver, who drinks vodka and then heads out on the road. Chris Williams winds up in the hospital with a serious back injury, and so does his son, Sammy. The only other surviving member of the family is Chris’s son, Michael. Chris is a pastor, and although he goes through great anguish, he also remembers he has preached to “love your enemies.” While the prosecuting attorney wants to go after Curtis Wright and try him as an adult, Chris is not so sure that is the right way to handle the situation. He keeps remembering three words he heard when the crash took place: “Just let go.” Can he actually do that? Can he forgive the young man responsible for the death of his wife, unborn child, and son and daughter? He also receives medical bills for up to $75,000. How will he pay that? His own mother wants him to sue the drunk driver for all he can get. The scenes of Chris remembering his family — his wife Michelle catching a firefly, his daughter Anna learning to ride a bike, his son Ben skateboarding — are powerful.

Chris is a strong example of a man who forgives, despite his great personal pain. We are pleased to award this movie our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12 and older.

Content Description

Sex: A husband and wife kiss a few times.
Language: Da*mit-1; Da*n-1; Geez-2; H (as a place)-2; H-1; "To H with them" (meaning, "I don't care what they say or do")-1; Sc*ewed-2
Violence: Images of a car wreck, with shattered glass flying and characters screaming; wrecked vehicles on the road, including an upside-down SUV; blood on man's face and back; man cuts hand on glass, and it bleeds.
Drugs: A young man drinks vodka and drives (though the drinking is not shown), resulting in a tragic crash; a police officer mentions that a drinking person gets a "buzz," which causes great harm and makes a person feel numb.
Nudity: Shirtless man in hospital; shirtless man puts on T-shirt.
Other: A statement that Houdini wanted to hear a "key word" from his departed mother through a psychic, medium or soothsayer, to learn of the afterlife; tension between characters; death and grief; the topic of forgiveness versus unforgiveness; a man yells at a therapist in anger.

Info

Company: Excel Entertainment
Producer: Dan LaPray
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 106 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter