Loving the Bad Man
Recommended for ages 12 and over
Video Release: 7/10/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Giovanni Igneri, Wes Halula, Peter Engert
Producer: Tom Conigliaro, Zachary Reeves, Peter Engert
Director: Peter Engert
Runtime: 105 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Christine Kelly, Arturo Fernandez, Anntoni Corone, David Hemphill, Kim Ostrenko, Josh Randall, Stephen Baldwin
Julie Thompson (Christine Kelly), a young conservative Christian woman, who is truly tested by God and gives birth to a child conceived in rape. This decision leads her on a journey that forces her to explore and redefine her relationships with God, her family, friends and even her rapist Mike Connor (Arturo Fernandez), as she struggles to forgive the man who violated her by boldly visiting him in prison and forging an unlikely bond.
This is a powerful story of redemption and forgiveness. A young woman named Julie Thompson is a Christian who sings in her car on a trip to help out with a youth group when her tire blows. She stops by a bar near the accident to see if she can find help. A young man, a mechanic, who has been drinking for a while, goes with her to help but soon makes a pass at her and then runs her down and rapes her.
Later, after giving birth to a baby, despite the protests of those close to her, Julie visits the prison where the man who raped her, Mike, is imprisoned. She is determined to forgive him and to share the love of Christ. Her family, especially her father, is angry beyond words when they learn of Julie's visits to the prison. Eventually, she helps them to see the forgiveness that is in her heart and God's plan of forgiveness. This powerful story contains some intense scenes, including a prison fight and a few men being stabbed, but the scenes are not gratuitous and the redemptive theme shines throughout the film. Therefore, we are most pleased to award our Dove Seal to this DVD for ages twelve and above.
Sex: A man chases down a woman and grabs her with the intent of raping her.
Language: G/OMG-1; H-3; B-3; PO-1; Butt-1; Punk-1; Moron-1; Freak-1; Turds-3; Crackers-1; Retard-1: Nut-case-1; Slang for testicles-1; Scumbag-1; Psycho-1
Violence: Fist fight and kicking; two men are stabbed and blood is seen on T-shirts; a man has a cloth thrown over his head and he is taken from prison room and killed; guards use shields on prisoners as they rebel and guards are seen with rifles; a store manager grabs a kid who is stealing pop tarts; man tells man behind prison glass he would kill him if he could get to him.
Drugs: Bar scene with people drinking; wine and beer; a man is called a drunk; drunk man leaves bar.
Other: Family thinks young woman who was raped should have an abortion and a discussion takes place; a racial term of "Crackers" is used.