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Believe (2016)

PG | | Drama | 2 December 2016 (USA)
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A small-town business owner tries to save the local Christmas pageant against all odds.

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Billy Dickson

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Credited cast:
Ryan O'Quinn ... Matthew Peyton
Shawnee Smith ... Dr. Nancy Wells
Danielle Nicolet ... Sharon Joseph
Kevin Sizemore ... Albert Bagley
David DeLuise ... Tom Blackhorn
Issac Ryan Brown ... Clarence Joseph
Lance E. Nichols ... Mayor Harris
James C. Burns ... Bob Alexander
Scott Summitt ... Charlie
Joey Naber ... Nick
Bryce Lenon ... Sam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Alvis David Alvis ... Factory Worker
Jeremy Clevinger Jeremy Clevinger ... Townsperson
Robert Daugherty Robert Daugherty ... Factory Worker
Hayley Dickson Hayley Dickson ... Nurse #2
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In a small town going through tough economic times, business owner Matthew Peyton (Ryan O'Quinn) struggles between his desire for financial success and the responsibility of funding the annual Christmas pageant. Desperate business decisions ruin his popularity and angry employees seek their revenge. When Matthew meets Clarence (Isaac Ryan Brown), a joyful boy who believes in miracles, he must make a choice: do what's best for himself or give faith a chance by opening his heart to help his community. Written by Different Drummer

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Rated PG for some violence, thematic elements and brief mild language
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USA

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2 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Bristol, Virginia, USA See more »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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After CJ introduces himself as a guardian angel, his mother calls him by name, Clarence. Clarence is also the name of the guardian angel in the iconic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life (1946). See more »

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Written by Ethan Hulse & Dana Jorgensen
By arrangement with Provident Label Group, a div. of Sony Music Entertainment
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Uneven script, unrealized plot, unbelievable characters
17 December 2018 | by briant-6See all my reviews

I'm not motivated to review many movies, but here a good premise frustrated and disappointed me. I wanted to like this movie, but in the end it was undone by an uneven script, unrealized plot, and unbelievable characters. I even like Christian movies when done well, but unlike other reviewers I don't believe that factor alone merits a blind 10 stars.

The film begins with a confusing flash-forward, necessary apparently to get you to develop sympathy for the protagonist. He is a poor business owner who, like Job, is saddled with one adversity after another. You're sympathetic for him at first, but he's appears hapless and directionless for 90% of the movie.

He befriends a woman whose son seems to have ADHD on overdrive, so energetic as to be irritating and a distraction. For some reason he's attracted to this kid and his mother, although there is about 2% on-screen chemistry between them.

I kept waiting for this movie to realize it's potential. For example, there's a bar scene where the conspirators' scheming is obviously overheard by an individual nearby, but nothing comes of it. You think the new woman friend with her accounting skills will unwind the plot against him. But she mysteriously can't find anything wrong. The mayor talks conspiratoratorily with an antagonist, but you're never sure which side he is on. The protagonist captures some thugs on his phone outside a bar walking, which proves... what? Job - I mean the factory owner - gets hold of a bunch of random transactions, which are evidence of something nefarious, but never revealed.

The director could have done a much better job with the script.


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