Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Chris Steele, Alison Trouse, Shelby Smith, Jon Mckenzie, Aura Kenney, Zachary Platt, Nathan Dobbin
The story of an everyday family struggling to free itself from the burden of material possessions, Stand Strong follows Matt Webster, a husband and father who measures his success by his possessions. While he appears to have it all, pride of ownership does little to fill the void in Matt's life, which lacks strong convictions and a strong faith in God. Financial stress creates tension among Matt, his wife, Tara, and their children, who slowly watch the seams of a seemingly perfect existence unravel as credit cards are declined and arguments grow heated.
After nearly losing a loved one in an accident, Matt and his family are stripped of all they own and are forced to move in with his brother's family. In their new positive, Christian environment, Matt and Tara learn by example how to lead their home and their children, re-evaluate their priorities, and realize that happiness is the true measure of success.
Here is a powerful drama that is as contemporary as today's newspaper. Matt Webster has a good job and a beautiful home. His wife and three children enjoy a lot of "things", like dirt bikes, a boat, shopping trips, etc. Soon their overspending and Matt's precarious job situation, not to mention the economy, places the whole family in difficult situations. An example of this is when Matt's wife Tara attempts to pay for a meal at a posh restaurant and three different credit cards are declined. Youngest son Cameron is left to himself a lot but seems to be the only one with his priorities straight. He wants his dad to take him to church and Dad intends to, until he spends a sleepless Saturday night fretting over the bills.
Matt's mother and his brother Josh are strong Christians, and Josh continually offers to pray for Matt and, being a financial expert, offers to help him straighten out his financial decisions. Matt has a lot of pride and refuses. However, when Matt and his family are forced to live with Josh and his family, Matt begins to realize that his pride has caused a lot of their difficulties. Matt's wife Tara also begins to learn about family priorities as she watches Josh's wife Sarah lead her home and children. When an unexpected event occurs and one family member has a close shave with death, the entire family turns to God and is soon amazed by the miracles which come.
The teens are portrayed realistically in this story as they have some attitudes in the beginning of the film, and the mother and father argue. But as the story continues the changes which take place are very evident. The film might be a bit intense for the very young, but this movie has a lot to say for every member of the family. We are pleased to award "Stand Strong" our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal. This one just might change your life and is guaranteed to build up your faith.
Content Description: Sex: None Language: None Violence: A husband and wife have some disagreements but none of them are gratuitous; a boy has a fall while rock climbing but the landing of the boy is not seen. Drugs: Drinks are seen in one scene. Nudity: None Other: In very appropriate places several scriptures are inspirationally used; in some touching scenes prayer is offered up; some teens speak with disrespect to their parents but they change by film's end; a mother who ignores her son also changes by film's end.