27 May 2014

Quickie Movie Review: "Loving the Bad Man"

Rated: PG-13 for mature thematic material, violence, and some language
Starring: Christine Kelly, Arturo Fernandez, and Stephen Baldwin
Released: July 10, 2012 (DVD)
Julie Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old Christian woman who, while on her way to do mission work, has automobile trouble, and stops in a local bar to call for help.  When mechanic Mike Connor hears of her predicament, he reluctantly helps her, but, out of anger over circumstances earlier in the day, he ends up raping her.  Soon after, Julie finds out that she is pregnant.  Her parents want her to abort the baby, but not only does she not want to, she also wants to show Mike love and forgiveness.  Will Mike be receptive, and find redemption before it's too late?

My Review
Some Christian movies have a certain low-budget feel; sort of like the short films aired on the Bob Saget episodes of America's Funniest Home VideosC Me Dance and Hollow are two such flicks, and were so horribly produced that they're among the worst I've ever seen.  However, though Loving the Bad Man's production values aren't all that--for example, the soundtrack was annoying, and where are the subtitles mentioned on the cover?--the film's heart, messages, and even the acting make it ring true.  To see a young woman who suffers the unthinkable at the hands of an unfortunate individual, only to openly forgive him in the process, is quite moving.  I would suggest taking the PG-13 rating seriously, though; the themes of this film definitely aren't for kids.

Content Concerns

Sex: A woman is raped, but nothing graphic is shown.  There is a childbirth scene, but nothing explicit is shown. 3/5
Nudity: Shirtless guys and slight cleavage are seen briefly a few times each. 4/5
Language: The h-word and one b-word are used three times each; the p-word, once.  Slang terms for male anatomy and feces are heard once each.  There are derogatory names such as "freak" and "moron" thrown around several times, as is the racial slur "crackers". 2.5/5
Violence: A prison fight with some slight blood, and prisoners kill a man by strangling and two more via stabbing. 3/5
Drugs: People drink at a bar.  It is mentioned that alcoholism led to a rape. 4/5
Frightening/Intense Scenes: The aforementioned rape and prison fights, of course; also, a few scenes involve characters experiencing extreme emotional upset. 2/5

Score: 4/5

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