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The Woodcarver (2012)

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A troubled youth vandalizes a church and winds up in a close association with the woodcarver whose work he destroyed.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Ratzenberger ... Ernest
Dakota Daulby ... Matthew
Woody Jeffreys ... Jack Stevenson
Nicole Oliver ... Rita Stevenson
Anthony Harrison ... Pastor Robert Clark
Stephen E. Miller ... Jerry Sandstone
Tom McBeath ... Principal Stark (as Tom Mcbeath)
Merrilyn Gann ... Christine
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Unable to cope with the squabbles of his divorcing parents, fifteen-year-old Matthew Stevenson takes it out on his church. The old and godly widower whose woodcarvings Matthew trashed takes in the kid as a worker to help repair the damage, which also provides Matthew a quiet harbor in which to consider WWJD (What would Jesus do?). That phrase gets back to and influences his parents as well, and the family that was once disintegrating after turned from God mends. Written by statmanjeff

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Rated PG for some thematic material | See all certifications »
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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2012 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

WWJD II: The Woodcarver See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Nasser Group, North See more »
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Color
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Rita Stevenson: Umm... well, remember, you have to work at the church today, and there are hotdogs in the freezer - and no tattoos!
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Pride in your craft
1 February 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As a celebration of individual craftsmanship The Woodcarver is an interesting film. But it's failure to really find a reason young Dakota Dalby's rebellion it falls way short of the mark. I'm still not clear if the young man in his own mind committed these acts of vandalism for sufficient reason.

But vandalize his former church he did and the pastor Anthony Harrison calls in his estranged parents, Woody Jeffreys and Nicole Oliver. They spend more time sniping at each other than paying attention to their son. In fact Jeffreys sees the vandalism as an opportunity for work for his contracting firm and their prefabricated material.

The thing is the original carver of the woodwork in the church is still with us and as a craftsman John Ratsenberger takes a great deal of pride. Pride in yourself is a sin, but pride in what you do with your own hands if you're blessed with such a creative spirit should be encouraged.

Which is the lesson taught to young Daulby. With a leavening of those initials that have become so popular, WWJD, what would Jesus do? There's considerable debate in our society about that proposition.

The Woodcarver is a good tribute to pride in your work and the dignity of a craft well learned and practiced.


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