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Loving the Bad Man (2010)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 July 2012 (USA)
This story focuses primarily on Julie Thompson (Christine Kelly),a young conservative Christian woman, who is truly tested by God, and gives birth to a child conceived in rape. This ... See full summary »

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Julie Thompson (as Christine Kelly)
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Mike Conner (as Arturo Fernandez)
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Ed Thompson
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Marion Thompson
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Cole
Ava Tyler ...
Baby Arthur #2
Olivia Tyler ...
Baby Arthur #1
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George Smith ...
Cecil
Kevin A. Walton ...
Cyrus
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Tyler
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McQuade
Pedro Moreno ...
Manny
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Alejandro Garcia De La Paz
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Danny
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This story focuses primarily on Julie Thompson (Christine Kelly),a young conservative Christian woman, who is truly tested by God, and gives birth to a child conceived in rape. This decision leads her to a journey that forces her to explore and redefine her relationships with God, her family, friends and even her rapist Mike Connor (Arturo Fernandez), as she struggles to forgive the man who violated her by boldly visiting him in prison and forging an unlikely bond. Written by SBF

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, violence and some language

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Low Expectations - High Reward
16 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

You will realize from the first lines that this is a low-budget film with the production quality of after-school TV. Once your expectations are set low, you are in for a treat. The tragic beginning is well foreshadowed and still creates tension and anxiety, while maintaining a "clean-ness" appropriate to the overarching religious message. The storyline then follows the separate lives of the Bad Man and the victim until the victim, driven by a combination of Christian faith and an undercurrent of subtle self-loathing, approaches the Bad Man. The victim's naive attempt at demonstrating forgiveness, coupled with conviction and determination, prove powerful even as the criminal element threatens. Some predictable plot lines serve as a framework to set up key moments of humanity. Unexpected dramatic outbursts and varying levels of heroic decisions by multiple characters at different times keep the film grounded in the reality of the human predicament, while revealing the potential for triumph. Several great lines and scene transitions reveal a screen writing genius that makes up for the low production quality. Themes of repentance, forgiveness, and redemption are played out organically - without caricature.


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