|Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements including some substance abuse, smoking and rude references|
Starring: Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner, and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas
Released: September 26, 2014 (theaters) / February 10, 2015 (DVD)
Inspired by the Biblical Song of Solomon.
The Good: I've been waiting to see this movie since I first heard about it, and, for the most part, it delivers. The performances are wonderful, in both the musical and acting departments; when Jed and Rose got into a horrible argument, I definitely felt their pain. Bringing the Bible into a modern setting is tricky, especially when it comes to the Song of Solomon, but this film does it well. It also shows admirable restraint when it comes to the sexual content; you know what's happening, but you don't see any half-naked people in bed or hear any erotic sounds, both of which have plagued many a "PG-13" flick. In other areas, the film is a bit hard-edged, but, with such subject matter, you kind of need it to be; the problems it discusses are no joke.
The Bad: I really only have one complaint about this movie, but it's kind of a big one: Tattoos are used to signify evil; Jed's mistress has them, and she leads him to get one during his affair, which he later tries to get rid of with bloody results. While I have no desire to get inked myself, I know people who have them who are not only good folks, but committed Christians. If you or someone you are close to has some ink to show off, that may offend you; just be warned.
- Sex: Implied, and discussed in a "PG" way. An affair occurs, but isn't shown, and it is vilified. 3/5
- Nudity: Shelby wears some off-the-shoulder and/or low-cut outfits; Rose is seen only wearing a sheet. 4/5
- Language: Name-calling includes "fool," "sk*nk", and "whore". 4/5
- Violence: An out-of-focus hanging; a marital spat that leads to a man breaking some windows; an argument that leads to some punching and slapping; a self-inflicted wound that is a bit bloody. 2/5
- Drugs: Many people smoke and drink, including Jed, who also takes illicit drugs; all of it is vilified. 2/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: The arguments are emotionally intense, as is a funeral scene; Jed has visions that are a bit freaky. 2/5
- Other: Some people may take offense with the fact that tattoos are used to signify evil. 4/5