Secret at Arrow Lake
I have to be careful here not to play the spoiler role, so I won't say much about the plot, but I found it interesting. The critics here who point out the poor acting need to read Teddy Roosevelt's quote on criticism. There are films with bad acting where it is obvious that the people are acting and not playing a role naturally - but this one showed no signs of that. One of my favorite actresses GiGi Erneta only had a small role in this. Ali Faulkner is a rising star. The adult leads were good. I'm glad I didn't take the advice of reviewers who recommended I not waste my time on it. It is not really Christian in nature, so if you're looking only for movies that have a message of eternal life, this one won't fit the bill.
Class of 91
This is a scenario that is probably playing itself out over and over in our "brave new world" of perpetual economic recession. How do people cope with adjusting overnight from a lavish lifestyle to surviving? This movie demonstrates the process and preaches a sermon condemning materialism far better than any orator in a pulpit can accomplish. The acting was decent, very good actually, for a film with a budget of $10,000. This is a squeaky clean movie that is appropriate for even your small children. I really enjoyed seeing a message that I feel so strongly about getting relayed through a theatrical presentation. I almost gave this a five star rating. There were a few things about the film that I think could be improved, but I think it is well worth the time of someone who seeks wisdom in finances and stewardship. There was some good music and a hilarious closing montage that paralleled the song being played.
I've seen some people knocking the acting ability of Kevin Sorbo, the star of this movie. I don't understand their low opinion of his work. I thought this movie had some good acting, especially Kristy Swanson and Kevin. John Ratzenberger always produces a character role with his special panache. I thought the story line was interesting, although one reviewer complained it was a copycat version of a movie called Family Man. Since I never saw that flick, this plot was new to me and I found it compelling. Others complained about the theology and argued that God doesn't work in this manner. Of course He doesn't give us a second chance to go back and sample the fork in the road that we spurned and choose the one we prefer. The point of the movie was not to teach how God moves with His people. The point was that if we are not careful and we make the wrong choice (most likely done with consulting God) when we come to a crossroads, we could regret it the rest of our lives. This man could have had riches, a status symbol trophy wife, and a prestigious career. But if he had those things he couldn't have a life where he depended on God for finances, a lovely wife who truly loved and supported him, and a honorable career. This movie showed what is truly valuable in life and entertained us while it did it. Great family show. I've seen it twice now. I suggest you give it chance.