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As a huge fan of Facing the Giants and Fireproof, I’ve been looking forward to the release of Courageous for a long time. After watching it last night, I can truthfully say it did not disappoint, but exceeded my expectations.

I’m the type of person who loves to tell everyone the whole story of every movie I get excited about, just because I want them to share in that excitement. So I won’t trust myself to write out a synopsis, since I know I wouldn’t be able to restrain myself from telling you about the scene where the one guy….you get my point! 🙂

The synopsis, according to the Courageous website:
Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.
While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.
When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?
Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.
Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

 In my opinion, the acting and movie quality improves with every movie Sherwood Pictures makes. In all my other theater experiences, I’ve never been in an audience with as much belly-laughter and tear-sniffling as this one. The humor is so down-to-earth and just plain funny. I couldn’t even hear the end of several jokes because everyone was laughing so hard!

I love movies that make me cry. And this one certainly did. Probably from about fifteen or twenty minutes into the movie, and many of the following scenes, I had tears either in my eyes or going down my cheeks. In fact, the middle-aged man sitting next to me leaned over and gave me his handkerchief, saying, “You can keep it.” (I returned it at the end of the movie, though!)

This movie is a must-see for all fathers–for all children of fathers too, so I guess that means everyone! The men in the movie aren’t all padres of perfect families, or even what would normally be considered a family. Courageous encourages all men to act with responsibility and integrity, to rise up to be everything that God calls them to be. Also, it shows what happens to kids who don’t have involved dads, and why they need a father-figure in their lives. I am blessed to have a wonderful daddy, but so many kids don’t have one they can even respect, let alone love. 

YLCF girls, this movie has several great scenes just for us, one in particular! I don’t want to give too much away, but this article has something to do with it. And homeschoolers, we’re mentioned in there as well! Hurrah!

Courageous is a well-done, exciting, humorous, heart-jerking movie that I believe will inspire many men to rise to the challenge to be leaders–to be men in this age where heroism and chivalry are greatly lacking. Obviously this an urgent message people are desperate to hear, as Courageous was the top opening movie in the box office yesterday!

So grab all the men in your family and head off to a theater near you to be inspired and encouraged. Oh, and if you’re a guy, remember your handkerchief. An emotional girl might happen to sit next to you, and you can demonstrate your courageous heart by being a gentleman before you even leave the theater!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Cate Tuten
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 19:19:29

    Dear sweet sixteen. Thank you for your well written and well said movie review. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart and hopes that others will see this movie…..Young women like you are America's hope. In all your wonderful talents and interests keep clinging to Him and keep Him first. You are a blessing!! Cate Tuten


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