Jason returns home to get away while he studies for the upcoming bar exam. After visiting his oldest friend, a "coulda-been-girlfriend" who is now engaged, and a pushy preacher, his easygoing summer becomes filled with unwanted drama. Over the few months he's there, he begins to question what life is about, and what is his purpose in it? Written by
The camera and grip crew had to walk with the actors in 100+ degree weather to shoot the field walk/talk scene. There were 20+ takes that had to be filmed. All of that footage was cut from the final film. See more »
When Jason walks across to help Layla at the service project house, he seems to skip through time from one side of the room to the other. See more »
So, what's her name?
No, it's nothing like that. In fact, it's kind of the opposite of that.
Oh no. Not like the opposite opposite. I mean like the opposite, different. I don't know what I mean.
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For Kerri is the final credit. This is for director Zac Heath's wife. See more »
Words that Define
Written by Robert Choy
Performed by Big Phony
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Some Christian films are simply films which are family-friendly and keep the moralizing to a minimum while still promoting their values. Then you have those sorts of films which bash you over the head with their overtly religious pablum. Sadly, "The River Within" is one of the latter.
**SPOILER ALERT** As usual, the one main character who is non-religious is an immoral heathen. He impregnated his girlfriend and then hightailed it out of there. Luckily, he has a really good Christian friend to help him see the light. Soon he is being prayed for and is informed that his life will turn around with the help of God. Next thing you know, he insists on being baptized, proposes marriage to his girlfriend and follows his dream of acting. His life is a bed of roses once he allows God into his heart. **END SPOILER**
Unfortunately, this film is almost impossible for a secular person to enjoy. I have actually seen Christian movies that entertained me on a certain level. Those, however, did not spend their time preaching about their supposed moral superiority. This is more along the lines of Christian propaganda than an actual movie with a concrete plot. If you are secular/agnostic/atheist don't say I didn't warn you! :)
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