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Forgiving the Franklins (2006)

A conservative, God fearing Southern family is spiritually changed by an auto accident, but who they become puts them at odds with the highly conservative values around them.

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Betty Franklin
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Frank Franklin
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Caroline Franklin (as Aviva)
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Brian Franklin
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Peggy Lester
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Coach Caldwell (as Khris Scaramanga)
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The Pastor
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Junior Law Partner
Bob Savage ...
Senior Law Partner
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Bert Lester
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Station Attendant
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Christian Parent's Association Leader
Tracy Berna ...
Christian Women's Group member
Suzanne Brown ...
Christian Parent's Association Woman
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The Franklins are Bible belt Christians: Frank's a lawyer, Betty's a homemaker focused on her children and her church, Brian is a senior who plays football, his younger sister Caroline is a cheerleader who thinks she's fat, prays often, and is impatient with God. When the family is in a car crash, all but Caroline are in a coma during which they see Jesus who removes their inhibitions and their piety. Awake and refreshed, Frank, Betty, and Brian discover their sexuality, their independence from Sunday worship and formal prayer, and the ability to talk frankly. Caroline - and her godmother, Betty's best friend, Peggy - are horrified. Can Caroline be saved, and the Franklins forgiven? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for strong sexual content including a scene of aberrant intimacy, graphic nudity, frank dialogue and some language
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This film was made without a film crew, as evidenced by the end credits. See more »

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[Jesus has been chopping down a cross]
Jesus Christ: These things aren't sacred, it's a piece of wood. It's a marketing tool, really, a very, very annoying marketing tool. Of all the things I tried to do with my life, this is how I'm remembered? This was the worst day of my life, don't get me started!
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Highly, highly recommend this!
24 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, just caught this movie from Blockbuster and I love finding gems like this.

While it was definitely shot on a budget and misses a little bit in clumsy editing (i.e. accident, hospital scenes, second to last end scenes), for a first directorial effort, I give this 10 stars! I absolutely loved the thought provoking concepts brought forth and if you're a free thinker and open to ideas outside the box, I highly, highly recommend this movie.

I think the director and writer, Jay Floyd, should be given some attention and more opportunities in the film industry. Based on his credits, he may be another Quentin Tarantino.


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