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Flywheel Movie Review

MV5BMTgxOTg5NjU4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTI3OTQ1MQ@@._V1_SX214_Synopsis: Jay Austin Alex Kendrick wants to sell you a used car, but watch out! Many victims have fallen prey to his smiling face and hasty promises. Austin does everything his way until his dishonesty and manipulation are repeatedly exposed. Like many men, the masks he wears and the lies he tells disgust him. While having a classic convertible repaired, Austin begins a humorous and powerful journey to win back the hearts of his wife Janet Lee Dapper, his son Richie Hunnewill and his community. In every man’s life, there can be a turning point. Jay Austin takes it, and he never looks back.

Dove Worldview: This film came out before the hit “Facing the Giants.” It is made by the same church, Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, and Alex Kendrick is once again the leading actor. He is very good at playing a used car salesman who is shady in his dealings. When he overhears his son mention that he doesnt want to be like his dad, who doesnt treat people fairly, Jay Austin Kendrick seeks the Lord and gives his life over to God. Things change dramatically in Jays life but he still has to deal with his shady past.This film is funny at times, dramatic, and will inevitably make the viewer think. It is wholesome with some minor crude comments, and we gladly award five doves to the film. People who struggle in the world of sales will no doubt find it inspiring. We want to note that it has been re-edited and the color has been improved for this new release.

via Flywheel Directors Cut Review by The Dove Foundation.

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The Blind Side – Movie Review by The Dove Foundation

MV5BMjEzOTE3ODM3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzYyODI4Mg@@._V1_SX214_Synopsis: A poor, undereducated 344-pound African-American teenager in Memphis, whose father was murdered and whose mother was a crack addict, is shuffled through the public school system, despite his low grade point average and absenteeism. But his tremendous size and quickness attracts the interest of a wealthy white couple who take him in and groom him both athletically and academically to become one of the top high school football prospects in the country.

Dove Worldview: Every Sunday from August to the end of February people gather in front of their televisions to watch professional football. As they sit there, do they ever wonder about these athletes; where they came from, or what journey they may have taken to get to where they are today? This is an inspirational story based on the life of Michael Oher, who was a first round pick in the 2009 draft and plays for the Baltimore Ravens.

This story tells of a young man who was homeless, taken from his mother and family at a young age because of her addictions. At the age of 17 he gets the chance to attend a Christian school which is better than those he attended before. He is found roaming the streets in the cold and taken in by a well–to-do Christian family who takes the time to find out who this strange, quiet young man really is. The Touhy family aids Michael with his studies, influences his life and encourages him to improve. Along the way Michael also helps this family look within themselves to change the world around them. Together as a family they overcome racial differences that only other people see. Michael’s story is one of the most uplifting and inspiring stories that I have seen in a while.

This movie is encouraging, inspirational and heartwarming. At times it will have you laughing and at other times it shows the serious side of a young man’s life. We are proud to award “The Blind Side” the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over.

Please read the content review via Blind Side, The Review by The Dove Foundation.

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Dolphin Tale Movie

Hazel:Dolphin Tale “I’m homeschooled.  That’s why I’m such a chatterbox.”


“Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the true story of a dolphin named Winter who was rescued off the Florida coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The movie version centers on a boy who befriends an injured dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap. Through their bond and friendship, the boy motivates everyone around him to help save the dolphin by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the dolphin’s tail. The marine mammal’s strong survival instincts become an inspiration to people with special needs throughout the world.

Dove Worldview:

This is the perfect family movie! I haven’t seen one this perfect for the entire family in a while. The movie is based on a true story, about an injured dolphin that loses his tail and the subsequent prosthetic one he is fitted with. The film features some terrific actors including Morgan Freeman, dramatic moments and humorous scenes, and several great shots of dolphins, all in 3D. What’s not to like?

Don’t let the wholesomeness of this movie fool you into thinking it is dull. The story is good, the cinematography is nice, the kids likable, and all this without one swear word being uttered! Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) takes an instant liking to the injured fish and Sawyer becomes fast friends with Hazel Haskett (Cozi Zuehlsdorff), 

Dr. Clay Haskett’s daughter. Dr. Haskett (Harry Connick Jr.) treats the dolphin, named Winter, and encourages the kids’ friendship with Winter when he sees how she responds. When it’s determined that the way she is compensating for her loss of the tail, wagging what’s left from side to side, could paralyze or even kill her, the entire entourage gets behind replacing her tail. Enter Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Morgan Freeman), who says only someone out of his mind would attempt to replace the dolphin’s tail but fortunately, he considers himself out of his mind!

This great picture will inspire your spirit to soar, and you will leave the theater believing that, if this could happen, and it did, just what other miracle might be hiding around the next corner? The real-life footage added at the end of the movie is a nice touch as well. We HAVE to award this movie five Doves, and that’s as good as it gets. See it with your family soon. It’s one the entire family can share and talk about.

via – The Dove Foundation – Family Friendly Movie, DVD, Video and Game Reviews.Untitled picture

Sawyer, who is skipping summer school to work with Winter, slowly comes out of his shell under Hazel’s influence.  She teaches him the ropes of working in a marine hospital and keeps up a constant cheerful banter.  At one point, she declares, “I’m homeschooled.  That’s why I’m such a chatterbox.”  She asks Sawyer. “Do you like school? Sawyer “I fail almost everything.” Hazel: “You probably just haven’t found a subject that interests you yet.”

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Nims Island – Movie Review

Cover of "Nim's Island (Widescreen Editio...

Cover of Nim’s Island (Widescreen Edition)

Nim: “I don’t go to school. You see I’m homeschooled………….well actually island schooled”………..

Synopsis: Anything can happen on Nims Island, a magical place ruled by a young girls imagination.

It is an existence that mirrors that of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover- the worlds greatest adventurer. But Alexandra, the author of the Rover books, leads a reclusive life in the big city. When Nims father goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra. Now, they must draw courage from their fictional hero, Alex Rover, and find strength in one another to conquer Nims Island.

Dove Worldview: This is a film that is clever and thrilling! Alex Rover is the worlds greatest adventurer in books, but the author Alexandra Rover is another matter entirely. She suffers from agoraphobia, and is called upon to leave her safe haven at home to help a young girl stranded alone on an island. The adventures soon kick in and this is where the fun really begins. In contrast, we see Alexandra hanging on for dear life as she travels across the world in search of Nim where she endures more than one close call. Abigail Breslin turns in a fine performance as young Nim, and Jodi Foster has some very funny moments including a scene when a spider appears on her computer. Gerard Butler is good too in his double role as both Nims dad and the fictional character Alex Rover. While the movie has some intense moments, it is a wholesome film and we happily award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal (Recommended for ages 12 and over). We suggest you get stranded on “Nims Island” at your local theater. It is an imaginative adventure all the way!

Read more of the review via Nims Island Review by The Dove Foundation.

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