Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Daniel Backman and Johnny Remo
John Schenider, Randy Wayne, Rosanna Arquette, Sean Michael Afable, Christopher Michael, Jason Dundas, Christian Hosoi, Brian Sumner, Matt Ziff
Synopsis: Limited Theatrical Release - What happens when your life takes a hard flip? Teenager Caleb Jones goes skateboarding.
With no father in his life to guide him and his mother, Beth, working two jobs to make ends meet, Caleb believes nothing matters in life but to become a sponsored skater to get him away from all his troubles. When his mother falls ill, Caleb is forced to deal with her illness and his lack of responsibility.
Now on his own, he sets out to find the father he never knew when he stumbles upon some old love letters.
Out of hurt and anger, Caleb reluctantly contacts his father Jack, who has happened to live in the next town over from him his entire life.
Caleb’s only real friend, a “crazy”, homeless, street preacher named Ralph, speaks nuggets of Truth through God’s Word, guiding Caleb along his journey.
Through the tragedy of his mother’s illness and the sudden appearance of the father he never knew, Caleb becomes the man his mother always prayed he’d be.
Caleb is a story of what can happen when we let go of our anger, pain, and willingness to forgive those who’ve hurt us most, just as God forgives us.
What a terrific movie! Johnny Remo, the director of "A letter to Dad” and “Cutback” knocks it out of the park with this wonderful film. John Schneider, Randy Wayne and Rosanna Arquette all do a tremendous job of acting in this quick-paced dramatic film. The production is a quality one all the way and it's a movie with a message, which is basically about the need to forgive.
Schneider plays Jack Sanders, a successful architect and businessman who left the woman he loved and their son many years ago. Caleb (Randy Wayne), his son, is now nearly grown up and battles with his mother Bethany (Rosanna Arquette). She works two jobs to keep them going yet Caleb resents being left notes such as "Food in the oven, Love Mom". His mother appreciates his artistic talent to draw, a gift he got from his father, but she is concerned about his frequent skateboarding as she doesn't see a career in it for her son.
Caleb finally meets his father when his mother winds up in the hospital with a serious illness. Bitter when first meeting his father, Caleb is determined to ignore his dad because he is sour about him leaving years before. Jack is just as determined to make amends and get to know the son he never knew. The film contains humor such as when Caleb takes a 45-minute shower and his dad says, "Obviously you've never paid a water bill before."
Caleb has used marijuana in the past and comes close to using it again but some "spiritual" things happen to throw a block into his path. This is an intense dramatic telling of a contemporary family with modern-day problems and the ending just might leave the viewer cheering. Ultimately, it is a fantastic story of hope for the future. We are pleased to award this wonderful movie our "Family-Approved" Seal for ages 12 and over due to the items listed in our content description. See it soon!
Content Description: Sex: A mother tells her son she met a man on vacation years before who was his father but we learn there was more to the relationship than a one-night stand. Language: Sucks-1; B-1; Violence: A mother slaps her rebellious son and feels bad immediately and they make peace; Young men trespass and commit vandalism and a scene reveals a cop arresting young man; in one hard rock song played during an action sequence a song includes the lyrics, "I'll shoot you right between the eyes" but this is during the rebellious stage of a young man's life and he changes; a young man grabs another one by the ear and there is shoving; tension between characters who argue. Drugs: A woman drinks in a few scenes including vodka; the drinking of wine and beer; a mother finds the remains of a marijuana cigarette in her son's bedroom; a young man almost lights up a marijuana cigarette but can't bring himself to do it; a depressed young man tries to commit suicide with prescription pills and booze but his life is spared. Nudity: Cleavage. Other: A woman has a seizure and falls to the floor; a character dies and there is grieving by various characters; a man holds a sign which reads "God is good" and an angry young man asks how good God could be because his loved one died; in inspirational scenes two characters read the Bible and are converted.