Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Consumer Critique: Uncommon Film

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Eric Estrada and Ben Davies star in Uncommon, a movie that works to show that the bible and praying in schools should not be a thing of the past. Ben Davies is Aaron Chase, a student fleeing the violence of one school, only to find religious intolerance at another. In an effort to have a positive impact at his school he tries to organize a bible study, but finds himself in direct conflict with his teacher, Mr. Stephens, who tears down his announcement from the school bulletin board. Then, when the theater department disappears due to budgets cuts, Aaron and few other students decide to make their own play using the stories from the Bible. This only fuels his teacher’s animosity who enlists help from the principal. The only help Aaron can get is from the custodian, Mr. Garcia, played by Eric Estrada. As they work together to make their play, lives change as each student becomes uniquely influenced discovering that God takes them personally. Equipped with unique talents, they bond together to prepare the perfect production by exploring the diversity of parables taught in the Bible.  

I got to see a screener of the film, and I enjoyed it. Some things are a bit contrived, like how pat everything works out at the end, but it's a good way to get a glimpse of what happens in schools when religion and administration clash. As someone who's worked in public schools, I've always had to be conscious of the fact that it's not always a faith-friendly environment. However, I know my rights and responsibilities as a Christian teacher in a secular world, and I've always been willing to be honest with my students about who I am, while being respectful about who they are.

“Uncommon” is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and Walmart, and releases nationally on DVD August 4th. 
About JC Films:  JC Films exists to engage our culture through superbly produced faith-based feature films. Our goal is to assist churches and non-profit organizations to spread the word of Christ through movies, and in turn change lives and preserve culture. For more information about our church screenings or DVD projects, please visit JCFilms.org and follow us on Facebook at JCFilmsPresents.

About Capitol Christian Distribution (CCD):  CCD represents a diverse range of chart-topping Christian films and books reaching the U.S. Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Since this distribution division was launched, CCD has had more charting titles annually on Billboard’s Top Christian charts than any other Christian distributor and has been named Billboard Magazine’s Top Christian Music Distributor 15 times since 1995. For additional information, visit http://www.capitolchristiandistribution.com

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