Do You Believe?

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Storytelling takes a back seat to sermonizing in this competent ensemble drama that turns on a Chicago pastor's (Ted McGinley) preaching about the centrality of the Cross in the lives of Christians and the need to put faith into practice. He and his wife (Tracy Melchior) do so by taking in a pregnant teen (Madison Pettis) who has been living on the streets; similarly, an older couple (Lee Majors and Cybill Shepherd) provide shelter for a homeless mom (Mira Sorvino) and her irrepressibly sunny daughter (Makenzie Moss) while two despondent near-suicides (Joseph Julian Soria and Alexa PenaVega) find hope-restoring romance together. Less comfortable plot lines involve an emergency medic's (Liam Matthews) fraught legal battle to vindicate his right to proselytize patients and the credibility-straining fate of an ex-con-turned-church-janitor (Brian Bosworth) afflicted with terminal cancer. Working from a script by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, director Jonathan M. Gunn turns out a film better calculated to reinforce evangelical believers in the creed and values to which they already adhere than to invite the inquisitive or convert the doubtful.
Watch out for: Some action violence and mature references, including to abortion.
Rated: A-II: adults and adolescents.MPAA: PG-13: parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015