14 December 2015

Quickie Movie Review: "Silver Bells" (2013)

Rated: Not Rated (Dove approved for all ages)
Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Kenton Duty, and Bridgett Newton
Released: 2013
Synopsis: Bruce Dalt (Bruce Boxleitner) is a successful sportscaster whose motto in life is: For the win! He strives to be the best at everything he does, and encourages his family to do the same...but, that goes too far when a disagreement with a referee during his son's (Kenton Duty, Shake It Up) basketball game ends with not only the ref getting injured, but a video of the incident going viral.  Sentenced to community service, he ends up being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.  Will he learn the true reason for the season?
From Pure Flix, the makers of God's Not Dead, Jerusalem Countdown, and Apostle Peter and the Last Supper.

My Review: I enjoyed this light-hearted holiday drama; it was cute at times, and rather serious at others.  The actors all did a very good job, and the film's moral is definitely one that we all need to hear.  Though I happened to breeze through this one quite easily--more so than I do most movies--it was still fun and enjoyable.  However, deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers should be warned: The closed captions are apparently from another film, and the English subtitles are missing big chunks of dialogue.  If you have hearing issues, either turn the volume way up or have a sign language interpreter handy before watching this; otherwise, you'll have no idea what's going on.

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: None. 5/5
  • Nudity: Mild cleavage. 4/5
  • Language: None. 5/5
  • Violence: A scene of rough-and-tumble sports action; an argument that leads to implied injury. 4/5
  • Drugs: None. 5/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: Emotional intensity throughout. 3/5
  • Other: The Salvation Army, a controversial institution, gets plugged throughout. 4/5
Score: 4/5

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