If Not For His Grace: Family Approved 12+
Video Release: 8/28/2015
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter/span>/span>
Writer: Dennis Rowe
Producer: Dennis Rowe
Director: Dennis Rowe
Runtime: 87 min.
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Tammy Townsend, Tony Grant, Michael Williams, Chelsea Tavares
The Randolph family is the pillar of a neighborhood in an urban Los Angeles community, and Rev. William Randolph is the glue that holds the family together. His wife Ruth depends on her husband for guidance and support, while 10-year-old Jacqueline loves being “Daddy’s little girl” and 16-year-old Christopher has aspirations to follow in his father’s footsteps as a preacher. However, their once-safe neighborhood is beginning to deal with the influx of gangs, drugs, and homelessness. Rev. Randolph leads the charge to keep the neighborhood peaceful before a tragedy threatens to tear their loving family and their community apart.
“If Not For His Grace” is all about grace, and it tells a good story. Rev. William Randolph is a family man. When he arrives home for the family meal he prays and the family digs in, but then his wife reminds him that he forgot the ice cream for desert. When he runs to the store to pick some up, he takes a bullet by a gang member, intended for someone else. The family reels from the loss as does Dog, the gang member that was spared due to Rev. Randolph’s sacrifice. Dog becomes determined to get Rev. Randolph’s son, Chris, into his gang so he can keep an eye on him. Dog believes he owes a debt to Rev. Randolph’s family. But is this the right way to go about it?
We see the family struggle with their loss-his wife Ruth, his daughter Jacqueline, son Chris, and his sister Ruby. Ultimately the family must remember what Rev. Randolph preached to them-that God’s grace will keep them going. In a dream sequence, the family learns what life could be like in the future, depending on the choices that are made. The theme of the film is that all choices have consequences. We are pleased to award our Faith Friendly Seal for ages 12 plus to “If Not For His Grace”. It makes its point nicely.
Sex: A teen couple kisses.
Language: Lordy-1; OMG-1; O/G (in prayer)-2; P-1; A-1; “Dummy”-1; “Jerk”-1; Woman says she was called “Floosy”; “My father was stupid” says gang member.
Violence: A few people are shot by gang members; blood seen on one young man; an angry young man says he feels like punching someone in the face.
Drugs: A character is seen smoking a cigar.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman wears short skirt.
Other: Tension between characters; death and grief; a girl mocks her stuttering friend.