MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: +3

Alex Kindrick. Directed by Alex Kindrick

FILM SYNOPSIS: As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, and their partners are confident and focused. They stand up to the worst the world can offer. Yet when they take off their badges at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them is truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. While they consistently give their best on the job, as dads good enough seems to be all they can muster. And they're quickly discovering that their standard is falling short. Then tragedy hits home and four men are left wrestling with their hopes, fears, faith, fathering--and a newfound urgency.

Courageous is the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia. As the first release since Fireproof, the number one independent film of 2008, Courageous joins Facing the Giants and Flywheel in touching lives through heartfelt stories of faith and hope.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Two things impress me about the makers of Courageous. First, their production values keep getting better. Itís not just a bigger budget, itís also a growth as filmmakers. And second, thereís always a sincerity of spirit that rings true. One gets the impression this is their ministry, while at the same time, understanding the #1 rule of cinematic storytelling Ė story must come first.

But thereís something else about this film that astounded me. Besides the moments that brought a tear to the eye (and it will unless youíre made of stone), there are many moments of well-constructed humor. Itís downright funny! One bit is reminiscent of the old Abbott & Costello Whoís On First? routine.

Thereís drama, comedy, action and even a bit of suspense, plus it sends the message of the need for good fathering Ė and teaches how to achieve this honorable goal. Touching, humorous and ultimately uplifting, Courageous makes my list of best films of the year.

Devoid of offensive language or situations, the film receives its rating for cop action, including car chases and shootouts; there is also the death of a child, but this tragedy is handled skillfully and furthers the filmís parable. The film has several positive messages concerning friendship, a fatherís duty and doing whatís right.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
TriStar Pictures

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: Car chases and shootouts; there is also the death of a child.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: A couple of drug references

Other: None

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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