Clean Movies

By Jessica Lippe

LDS MoviesSherwood Pictures (the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia) has made three wonderful, Christ-based films: Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof. These movies were made with low budgets and no paid actors, but they still didn’t fail to touch the lives of many. Their newest movie, Courageous, may just be their best movie yet! It comes to theaters on September 30th, but here’s a little sneak peek for you!

Watch the Trailer:

Crime is evident on the streets of Albany, and it’s up to the law enforcement to keep everyone safe. Adam Mitchell and his three friends give their all to serve and protect while in uniform, but at home with their families, they’re not exactly giving 100%. After hearing the sheriff give statistics about how so many of today’s thieves and drug dealers grew up in a home where the father was absent, the men want to be there for their kids, but at the same time have no idea where to start. It isn’t until a family tragedy that Adam resolves to use Biblical truths to become a better husband and father.  His three coworkers, as well as his friend Javier, decide to take this pledge with him. This resolution does not make their jobs as fathers or as officers any easier. In fact, things seem to become more difficult. But having faith and following God’s will gives these men courage to step out and say “I WILL”, no matter what it takes.

During the course of this film, you will double over at laugh-worthy jokes, cry through sentimental moments, and cling to the edge of your seat with intense action scenes. It’s a movie that stirs all kinds of emotions, but best of all, Courageous is a movie that will hopefully stir something inside of you to be courageous and live for God.
The focus of this movie is fatherhood, so it’s great to take your dad, grandpa, or husband too. But even if you see the movie with just a group of girlfriends, it will still impact you and encourage you. Taylor Hutcherson plays Jade, the teenage daughter of Nathan Hays in Courageous. She says, “This movie has really been a large influence in my relationship with my own father. Courageous is a great movie that speaks to fathers across the board, there is a message in there that speaks to all.”

Because Courageous is a movie about law enforcement officers who deal with criminals involved in gangs, violence and drug dealing, this movie is rated PG-13. However, you can really see how this movie was made to honor God, even among the dangers that real-life police face. Taylor Hutcherson also told me about life on the set: ’People would just come up to me and ask, “Hey can I pray with you?” I loved the atmosphere! Every morning we would have devotions and we were just able to see how God was working among the set. Also a highlight on the set was working hard on a scene and seeing how the whole thing came together so beautifully!”

Check your local theater to see if Courageous is coming soon, or learn more at!

Jessica Lippe is a writer for several publications, including Girlz4Christ. She is from Southern Oregon, but is currently interning at a camp in Nebraska.

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-Directed by: Tyler Ford

-Jaelan Petrie, Sophie Shaw, Katie Foster-Barnes

Guess what you get when LDS filmmakers go overseas? Go on, guess. I dare you. The answer is a really engaging and sweet romantic comedy called ‘Anxiously Engaged: A Piccadilly Romance’. When I was sent a copy of this film, I’ll admit I was a little less than anxiously engaged about the whole thing. I’m a big fan of romantic comedies, so I held some admittedly high standards. What surprised me about this film though was that it did deliver in all the ways that counted.

In the style of Julia Roberts’ Notting Hill, this is a film where England’s gorgeous scenery is a character along with the actual people in the film. Those people who, by the way, have credentials from some of the finest acting schools in the world are clever, charming and altogether likable as they tell the story of a young man looking for love while arranging it for the older sister of the girl of his dreams. Whoever said love was simple?

Jaelan Petrie, who plays returned missionary Carson Wells, is a engaging leading man. You feel a certain connection to him that helps carry the story. His partner in the fun is Katie Foster-Barnes who reminded me a lot of Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan. She’s the girl you want to get the happy ending, and there was a believable chemistry between Foster-Barnes’ Lucy and Petrie’s Carson. It made for a couple that sparkled in a story that had a life of its own.

Overall, I’d recommend this movie highly as a fun way to enjoy a romantic comedy that brings you the smile and the heart tugging romance you want. Get anxiously engaged, and fall in love at the same time.

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
indigojenn at earthlink dot net
Is there a movie you’d like me to review? Let me know!

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Spiderman 3

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The Work and the Glory 3: A House Divided

-Directed by: Sterling Van Wagenen Starring: -Sam Hennings, Brenda Strong, Eric Johnson In the past, LDS films have portrayed Joseph Smith and the Saints in general as virtually flawless. They didn’t make mistakes. They didn’t get angry or sick or frustrated. The Work and the Glory series does something different, however. They show the Saints […]

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Channel Surfing: Growing Up….

While recovering from an ear infection, I found this show while doing a pass through my TV Guide. Considering it was on Animal Planet, I was curious. When I found out the subject, I was hooked. Like the name and the channel suggest, Growing Up focuses on a different sort of animal each episode. These […]

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Channel Surfing: Planet Earth

Starring: -Our planet and all who inhabit it. Our world is a fascinating place. No matter who you are and where you live, you’re surrounded by the wonders of nature. You can probably pick out a wild animal that can captures your attention no matter what. The problem, however, is that the wildness of our […]

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Meet The Robinsons

-Directed by: Stephen Anderson Starring: -Angela Bassett, Laurie Metcalf, Tom Selleck One of the things that Disney animated films have gotten right more often than not is that their films will be fun for adults and kids alike. When I first saw the trailers for this film, I was willing to write this off as […]

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