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The DVD Guy
The DVD Guy is a Newton resident who loves movies, but doesn't have the time or cash to head to the movie theater all that often. Instead, he's a regular at movie rental stores and boxes. He also watches the \x34bargain bins\x34 to add to his own collection.
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I know what you are thinking. Why did he waste his time on a "Christian Movie." One that got a 30 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and ranks at 6.9 on IMDB. 

The answer is I'm actually a fan of faith-based movies. Sometimes, like with "Facing the Giants" the story can overcome poor production and acting. 

By the way, Sherwood Pictures produced FTG. They also produced "Fireproof" and "Courageous." 

The church based movie makers made four movies in all — and when it comes to overall production and acting, each one got better. 

Only one recognized Hollywood actor appeared in any of the four — Kirk Cameron in "Fireproof."

But today's blog is about "Courageous." 

The movie, once again, leans hard on telling a story. That's really what movies should be about, by the way. 

In this one, it's the story of five men who commit to becoming a strong father for their children. This commitment is triggered by the accidental death of a child — killed in an accident involving a drunk driver. 

Now, they didn't go very deep with backstory in this one. It stays on the surface. But the surface is enough this time around. 

And here's what they got really, really right. This is a faith-based movie, made by a church. But it is not a Bible thumper. There are a couple of references to the church, and one to Bible study. But this movie chose to not quote scripture. For those who want to learn more about faith and fatherhood, this movie acts as a gateway. It allows you to do the homework on your own. And there is homework — books for men and women. That info is included, of course, with the special features. 

Verdict: I own it. It was a Christmas gift. You should rent it — but understand this is a faith-based movie and not demand acting worthy of the oscars or production worth of the LOTR series. Concentrate on the story, and the message. It just might change you. 

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