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To Save a Life (2009)

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After a childhood friend's death, Jake Taylor, an all-star athlete must change his life - and sacrifice his dreams to save the lives of others.


Brian Baugh
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Randy Wayne ... Jake Taylor
Deja Kreutzberg ... Amy Briggs
Joshua Weigel Joshua Weigel ... Chris Vaughn
Steven Crowder ... Doug Moore
D. David Morin ... Mark Rivers
Sean Michael Afable ... Jonny Garcia
Bubba Lewis ... Danny Rivers
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Roger Dawson
Kimberly Daugherty ... Andrea Stevens (as Kim Hidalgo)
Arjay Smith ... Matt McQueen
Orin Mozon Orin Mozon ... Billy
Lamont Thompson ... Clyde Williams
Trinity Scott Brown ... Kelsi (as Trinity Scott)
Janora McDuffie ... Cari Vaughn
Laura Black ... Pam Taylor


Jake Taylor has everything. He has a beautiful girl, he's the champion in basketball and beer pong, and everyone loves him. Then, an old childhood friend, with whom Jake used to be friends, commits suicide. Jake begins to think. He wonders what he could've done to save his friend's life. A youth minister tells him that Jake needs God. So Jake becomes a Christian. However, things begin to spin out of control. His dad is cheating on his mom, his girlfriend is pregnant, and his former friends ridicule and mock him. During all this, Jake is going to realize just what it means to be a Christian and how to save a life. Written by J. Montgomery

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some people are just dying to be heard.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Root beer and cream soda was used for the alcohol drinking scenes. See more »


When Jake is uploading scanned photos to the Internet, his computer is clearly uploading them from "C:\Users\Rachel". No characters in the film are named Rachel. See more »


[first lines]
Chris Vaughn: Today we come together to remember the life of Roger Andrew Dawson. Although we know he had so much life left in him, we thank God for the 17 years he did have.
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Alternate Versions

A "church-friendly" version was provided for public screenings. See more »


Shine On
Performed by Needtobreathe
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User Reviews

Every Teen Should See This
24 January 2010 | by tjsprikSee all my reviews

As someone who absolutely loves a good movie, I really enjoyed this film. It has a great message (people need people; people need God), good acting, a good storyline, and it really keeps your interest.

My group of 40-something women friends all thought it was well worth seeing. Judging by the size of the crowd (mostly teens), it won't be in theaters long,however, so see it immediately or be sure to get it on DVD as soon as it comes out.

The first 10 minutes I was skeptical....it was feeling like an amateurish attempt at film making. But that feeling was gone quickly. In fact, I would give the actual filming a 10. Some unique techniques were used that really made it a cut above. Also it was laugh-out-loud funny at times.

The story drags a little bit about 3/4 of the way through. And some of the drama could have been eliminated (such as Jake's parents' relationship). The dialog didn't flow at times, usually between Jake and Amy. And a few other flaws I can't mention w/o giving away the too much.

But overall this movie will make you want to treat those around you with care and concern, and will motivate you to watch for those among us who get lost. Every youth group leader should take their church kids to see this. It could literally change the world if even just a few kids began to reach out like Jake does in this movie.

Great message w/o preaching.

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Release Date:

11 November 2010 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Save a Life See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,581,517, 24 January 2010

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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