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Road to Redemption (2001), (PG)
CAP Score: 88
CAP Influence Density: 0.22
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
ROAD TO REDEMPTION (PG) -- ...yet another soul being given to the One who gave His Life...
In this movie by the Billy Graham Crusade's World Wide Pictures, desperate secretary Amanda Tucker (Julie Condra) and her boyfriend Alan Fischer (Jay Underwood) are living together -- shacking up as grandpa Nathan Tucker (Pat Hingle) calls it -- until "things" are more right for getting married. In financial straights but unwilling to ask for a raise from her Las Vegas hood boss Sully (Leo Rossi), Amanda seizes an opportunity to steal $250,000 of his ill-gotten money and use it to gamble on the ponies to get enough ... just enough ... to pay off their pressing indebtedness so they can get married. God's Wisdom about gambling is shown as the two try, even though "enough" was won, to continue and bet the whole $250,000 and their winnings so far to win a lot more. But in the style of intoxication with gambling, they do not win any more and indeed lose it all instead.
In an attempt to disguise the theft of the money before Sully notices it is missing, Jay torches Sully's office but surveillance cameras tell the tale. In a last ditch effort to pay back the stolen money and save Jay's life and her own, Amanda seeks the help of her rich but "invalid" Christian grandpa, Nathan. Amanda encounters many hijinks and dangers as the criminals try to catch Amanda. And Jay joins them in trying to catch her. What a man!
Grandpa agrees to give Amanda the money and then some, $300,00, but requires that she take him fishing to "earn" it. And he requires a special spot in Redemption, Montana, hence the name of this movie about the escapades on the road to Redemption, MT. Nowhere else but Redemption, MT will do. And they had to drive there. Well, how hard can that be? The rest home staff are adamant about her NOT taking her grandfather out of their care because of his precarious health but does that stop her? N-o-o-o. There's money involved and lives at stake, people! Doesn't matter that grandpa is dying of a degenerative aneurysm close to the heart, ready to rupture at anytime.
As the two drive the road to Redemption grandpa provides more than money. He leads his granddaughter to making the Decision. He uses a special radio program at 6:00 PM every day to help lay the groundwork to lead her to the Cross. Is this beginning to sound as though maybe grandpa had method to his madness? Is there a connection for you with the title of this movie? We even are treated to one of Billy Graham's classic invitations as grandpa listens to his favorite radio program ... and so does Amanda whether she realizes it or not. Method to the madness? Yup! A well-made clever movie. The changed heart Jesus gave her in Salvation broke her bondage to sin and led her to wanting to serve her grandfather for the rest of his days.
This is a delightful excursion into the joy of seeing yet another soul being given to the One who gave His Life for us, but there are some matters of which parents and grandparents should be aware. While there are NO examples of the three/four letter word vocabulary, of God's name in vain, or of murder/suicide, leading the matters of concern is significant violence and crime. The cohabitation is sinful [Hebr. 13:4] but the level of violence/crime [Prov. 3:31; Hab. 2:12] in this PG flick was the only reason this movie did not earn a high "G" CAP final score. As it is, this movie earned a "hard G" score of 88 (86 and above is the CAP scoring range earned by G-rated movies). All CAP investigation areas but Wanton Violence/Crime earned CAP scores equivalent to G-rated movies. Wanton Violence/Crime earned a score equivalent to R-rated movies, thus, the red CAPAlert light (remember -- "G" does not mean it is "safe"). This revealing of hard programming in a "tame" movie is one of the great features of the CAP analysis model. The investigation area scores are 46, 88, 96, 96, 100 and 100 each out of a possible 100 points. The 46 really stands out an says something that needs your attention. The use of weapons to control and gunfire to kill under criminal control were the most invasive issues of sinful behavior.
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As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.
Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
Offense to God (O)(2):