Recommended for ages 12 and over
Theatrical Release: 7/21/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: David Martyn Conley
Producer: Roger M. Bob
Director: Roger M. Bob
MPAA Rating: Not
Starring: Vanessa Williams, Rockmond Dunbar, Kyla Kenedy, Victoria Staley
gmc World Premiere - Raising Izzie centers around two young girls, Gertie and Izzie, who have been abandoned by their father and orphaned by their mother. 14 year-old Gertie takes charge in raising her 10 year-old sister, Izzie, alone while she attends school and works. They do their best to hide their predicament from everyone, but Gertie's new teacher Tonya Freeman keeps a close eye on her and becomes suspicious. After the girls confess their situation to Tonya when she confronts them, she must figure out a way to protect them and keep them together against the will of her husband Greg.
Here is a stirring movie about faith and courage! The actors are terrific in conveying the various emotions of the characters which includes anger, faith, despair and grief.
Young Gertie (Victoria Elizabeth Staley) and her younger sister Izzie (Kyla Kennedy) are living on their own in an apartment since their mother died of cancer. Gertie acts as the mother to Izzie, getting her up for school in the mornings and reminding her to turn the space heater off before she leaves. Gertie also signs the parent slips for her teacher, Mrs. Freeman (Vanessa Williams). Tonya Freeman wants children but she is not sure about her husband Greg (Rockmond Dunbar) who doesn't seem to be in hurry. The couple have a few intense moments over this fact and anxiously await finding out if one of them cannot parent a child.
When Mrs. Freeman becomes suspicious of Gertie by such things as not being able to pin her down to a time her mother will contact her, and seeing the girls shop alone at the local grocery store, her heart reaches out to help although Gertie is afraid to reveal the truth. Eventually Mr. Freeman's faith as well as Izzie's challenges the skepticism of Gertie and Mrs. Freeman regarding God and some decisions as to his existence must be reached. This is a powerful story of faith and a testimony of God's miracles. We gladly award this movie our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal. Due to a few innuendos and the sophisticated themes, as well as a few utterances of language, it is more suited for twelve and above. This movie is strong in the faith category and many families will enjoy watching this one. This one receives five Doves, our highest rating. Its theme demonstrates that God always has the final say.
Sex: Kissing by a husband and wife in a few scenes; a few innuendos about making a child.
Language: D-1; H-1; OMG-1; Geez-1
Violence: A car hits a woman and the sound is heard but the accident is not seen.
Drugs: Wine in a couple of scenes and man drinks some.
Other: A few characters question God's existence and are angry with God but others defend God and the characters who doubted change by film's end; a girl signs her mom's name on a slip for school a few times but eventually comes clean; a fire destroys an apartment.