We were asked to review Faith of our Fathers, which we received on DVD. I'm so thrilled that wholesome movies are improving in quality! It used to be that Hollywood was the standard, and Christian films were cheesy low budget impersonations. That tide is turning, and FishFlix.com has you covered for a nice selection of family friendly media.
Since this movie is about 2 men whose dads died in the Vietnam War, I asked my teen boys to watch it with me. Eli is 14 and Sam is 17. My husband, Paul, watched the 95 minute film with us, too.
Faith of our Fathers is 80% road trip. The two men meet when John Paul starts cleaning out his mother's house after her death and finds a box of memorabilia from his father's military days. He sets out to find one of his dad's friends, but instead finds the friend's son, Wayne. Wayne and John Paul head out on this road trip to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and hopefully learn more about their dads and how they died.
Along the way, they have adventures and mishaps, like any good road trip. They meet a couple of celebrities, too. I've never seen Duck Dynasty (I know, I'm probably the only one) but the guy with the beard plays a shopkeeper in the movie. Rebecca St. James acts in the movie, too, but I won't spoil things by telling you what surprising thing her character does.
The two men receive help in a crisis from an unlikely source. By the time they reach The Wall, they have found what they were seeking.
I appreciate this image, showing the fathers reflected in The Wall as the sons walk by. Seeing The Wall in the movie inspired us to look it up online. Wow. I had no idea there were over 58,000 names on those slabs. It's a very sobering realization. This film would be a good resource for homeschoolers learning about the Vietnam War, or that time period in general.
My kids often tease me because I cry watching almost everything. They'll ask me, "What's the Kleenex rating on this one, Mom?" This was a 2 tissue movie for me. I found myself wondering what my kids will learn from my life and how they will remember me when I'm gone. Am I making an impression on the world around me?
Although the movie is rate PG-13, I would allow Jack, who is 11 to watch it. There are scenes from the fathers' time in Vietnam, including how they died, but there is no swearing, sex, or nudity.
Poking around on the FishFlix.com website, I see other movies I would love to watch with my family, including a 2 movie set based on a favorite book of mine, The Hiding Place. They also carry well known favorites such as the Love Comes Softly and When Calls The Heart shows, as well as the hit Narnia movies. I've heard good things about Beyond The Mask, and may end up ordering that one. Their prices seem very reasonable, with Faith of our Fathers currently on sale for $9.99.
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