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Welcome to Paradise (2007)

PG | | Drama | October 2007 (USA)
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Reverand Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) and her son, Hayden (Bobby Edner), are forced to move to Paradise, Texas due to the unorthodox methods Debbie uses in her sermons.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Crystal Bernard ... Debbie Laramie
Bobby Edner ... Hayden Laramie
Brian Dennehy ... Bobby Brown
William Shockley ... Kent Dylan
Beth Grant ... Frances Loren
Ken Jenkins ... Reverend McNamara
Nick Searcy ... Reverend Ellington
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lou Beatty Jr. Lou Beatty Jr. ... Trevor Goodman
Cynthia Boris Cynthia Boris ... Church Goer
Brianne Costa Brianne Costa ... Snobby Girl
Doug Cox ... Izzy
Danielle Dearing Danielle Dearing ... Church Goer
Elizabeth Dennehy ... Helen Brown
Loy Edge ... Nate Twain
Lorilynn Failor ... Twyla Twain
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Storyline

WELCOME TO PARADISE is the inspirational family story of a preacher who is sent from a big city church to Paradise, a small, rural community that is in desperate need of direction. The fact that the preacher is named Debbie only complicates things. She finds a town that is stuck in complacency as well as a town that turns its back on its neediest neighbors. Debbie begins building a new vision for her congregation and the veil of indifference starts to lift. When the Paradise Church is accidentally burned down, and it's charter is in danger of being revoked, the members rally around Debbie and in doing so, realize that a "church" is defined by it's community, not by the four walls that house a Sunday Service. Debbie's kindness and insight bring a blast of fresh air to this out of the way country town. It also brings her a second chance at love. Written by Patrick Stack

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The road to Paradise begins with a journey of the heart.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, brief language and teen smoking | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uma Lição de Fé See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Out of Pocket Films See more »
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Color
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Film debut for Chris Kato and Robbie Moore. See more »

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There Is Power In the Blood
Performed by Selah
Words and music by Lewis Jones
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What is wrong with you people?
30 January 2008 | by robot4775643281See all my reviews

How can any of you call this propaganda a family film. This is nothing but a PC, insensitive insult to small-town churchgoers. The film portrays a woman as the great white savior of some small Midwestern town, and everyone else in the town (mostly men) are just mere damsels in distress, incapable of honor, who can't fend for themselves and have to rely on the main character for redemption. This film is just some love affair that the producer has with some undisciplined, arrogant, pushy little squirt, who he expects the audience to admire.

The person who made this movie probably spent his whole life in a seeker-sensitive church, and had the freedom to dump garbage on small church members as wacky lunatics and not the majority. The same people who give money to the Salvation Army at Christmastime, collecting donations to help missionaries, the poor and the homeless, singing, fellow-shipping, and making friends with each other. What is wrong with this humble group that offends these self-righteous traitors? Most Christians in this world would step in front of a train and give their lives for any person in trouble, even if they disagree with them. Most Christians wouldn't mind if the pastor, or some church worker, of some church took of his or her coat (or outer shirt). They would not condemn her. This film is ridiculous!


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