Road to Redemption
PG
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: +3

Billy Graham’s World Wide Pictures has taken the unique step of producing this evangelistic film as a slapstick comedy. And many will find it their most appealing film to date. Jay Underwood and Julie Condra star as Alan Fischer and Amanda Tucker, a couple living together who get themselves in big trouble with Amanda’s mobster boss. Owing the mobster (Leo Rossi) $250,000 they can’t pay, Amanda takes off to obtain cash from her wealthy grandfather, Nathan Tucker (Pat Hingle), who’s in a VA hospital in Flagstaff AZ. Before considering his gift to Amanda, Nathan insists that she take him fishing at their favorite childhood vacation spot, Lake Redemption in Montana. But, the mobster sends one of his henchmen (Tony Longo) and an amazing Native American tracker (Wes Studi) to track down Amanda, with Alan along as a hostage. This leads to a fast moving string of humorous slapstick escapades including car chases and wrecks, shooting threats, comical singing duets between Alan and a mobster thug, and an exciting ride with a Christian motorcycle group. Along the way, Amanda’s grandfather shares his faith in Christ with her as they try to escape the mobsters. With its very capable cast and likable characters, ROAD TO REDEMPTION is a genuinely funny and entertaining film which presents the gospel message in a very appealing way.

Mixing comedy and the gospel could come off as offensive, but not in this film as Nathan talks about his faith in a nonchalant, non-judgmental way with Amanda. And Amanda reveals feelings and thoughts about God and religion that many non-believers will identify with. But Nathan expresses his displeasure with Amanda’s live-in relationship with Alan, referring to it as "shacking up." Nathan and Amanda share even more meaningful and touching moments at the beautiful lake area. Intermixing action and comedy with these evangelistic conversations makes the Gospel message even more appealing and palatable. Some slapstick injuries and property destruction occur, and one of the thugs punishes Alan a few times with a rather severe blow to his face, although the hits are off-camera. The punishment acquires a comedic effect, but seems unnecessarily harsh at times. ROAD TO REDEMPTION is a landmark achievement in Christian comedy that will delight and uplift all viewers, particularly teens and adults. Watch for its television premiere in June and release on DVD/video.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: World Wide Pictures, P.O. Box 59235, Minneapolis, MN 55459

Summary
Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: Several Times - Moderate (Man hit with newspaper/ lamp, man struck in face - impact not shown, man’s wrist twisted, men attacked by bees, metal frame falls on men, house and office torn up, cars and trucks damaged in wrecks and train hits auto - but no injuries)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None, but unmarried couple live together
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Man shares Christian gospel with granddaughter, pre-marital sex not condoned
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and adults

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