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Finding You (Roadside)

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In adapting Jenny B. Jones' 2011 young adult novel "There I'll Find You" into a romantic comedy, writer-director Brian Baugh has somewhat downplayed the book's Christian themes.

Yet a sense of God's providence and care does seep into this coming-of-age story about an aspiring violinist (Rose Reid) who, on the rebound from failing her audition for a New York City music conservatory, decides to spend a semester in the same small coastal town in Ireland where her deceased brother, for whom she still grieves, had lived for a time years before. There, her initial skepticism toward a Hollywood heartthrob (Jedidiah Goodacre) who's on a movie shoot in the village gives way to more positive feelings while she also bonds with a gifted local fiddler (Patrick Bergin) and a nursing home resident (Vanessa Redgrave). As her newfound relationships teach her to look beneath the surface and see into people's hearts, thus enabling her own heart to heal, the significance of the lessons she learns, and their congruity with Gospel values, make the film probably acceptable for teens.

Watch out for: A few crude terms.
Rated: A-III, adults; MPAA: PG

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