Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Uncommon (DVD Review)

"It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren." – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Coming soon to DVD is the film "Uncommon," starring Ben Davies ("Courageous") and Erik Estrada ("CHiPs").  I received a screening copy, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

Here's the synopsis, from the "Uncommon" film website:
What do we really know about religious liberties in public schools? Can students pray? Can they have a Bible study? Can they mention God or even wear a Christian themed t-shirt? The prayer in public school debate has caused a firestorm in the past, but with this film Liberty Counsel hopes to set the record straight.

Those who seek to indoctrinate our kids with the message that God is irrelevant and truth is subjective have had a monopoly for too long in our schools because the Supreme Court fabricated the idea that there is a wall of separation between church and state. 
When the students of Rosewood High School lose their theater, music, and dance departments due to budget cuts, they create their own. Struggling to find the right script, music, and choreography, the students get advice from an uncommon source: the Bible! Each student becomes uniquely influenced as they discover that God takes them personally. Equipped with unique talents, they bond together to prepare the perfect production by exploring the diversity of parables taught in the Bible. 
Fighting overwhelming challenges, the teens defend their privilege to worship, meet, and perform.

Will months of constant bullying by the establishment defeat the production and dismantle their faith?

Armed with expert legal counsel and unexpected help from Christian music’s finest, these teens realize what it means to be…UNCOMMON!
Ben Davies portrays Aaron, the student who--though he's not part of the performing arts department--leads the charge to protect the right of the students to produce their show.  Erik Estrada plays school janitor, Marc Garcia, who's the only staff member willing to supervise the students as they prepare.  They're opposed by an outspoken atheist teacher and others, including the school principal, who is mostly concerned with obeying the law as she understands it.

My husband and I watched "Uncommon" together.  We both appreciated the messages of the film.  The overarching themes are religious freedom and free speech, but it also addresses the importance of standing firm for what you believe and the truth that not everything is what it seems.

In a few places the acting is spotty, but I found that forgivable because I liked everything else about the movie!  I recommend it for teens, parents, and anyone else who's interested in the freedoms ensured us by the U.S. Constitution.

For more information, watch the trailer below, see the "Uncommon" site, or visit "Uncommon" on Facebook.

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