"Courageous: Honor Begins at Home" is a movie from the creators of FireProof. If you haven't checked out either of these movies, they are wonderful to watch with your spouse and teens. I am pretty critical on acting and other theatrical elements, so I will tell you up front that these are not super-high-budget films, so don't expect to see something that'll wow you with special effects or leave you anticipating a Grammy nomination. However, people have been "Oooo" ing and "Ahhhh" ing at special effects and touching acting scenes for years, only to forget the content when the next big blockbuster comes along. The videos I mentioned above don't just appeal to your eyes or your shock-factor like some trendy titles, they speak to your heart, your mind, and even to your soul.
Courageous stars 4 men who are law enforcement officers. This is not an easy task. These guys already have training and on the field experience in some tough physical and psychological situations. They aren't only police officers; they are people. When family life, specifically fatherhood, is another front line they serve on, the focus shifts from action to intention and deep, heartfelt struggles are fleshed out on the screen. This is a movie that made me cry. Whether you'll cry or not, I can't say, but you've been warned, so if you're a bit of a softie, grab the tissues along with your snacks when you get ready for this movie.
There are some parts of this movie which may be too intense for younger viewers. We still haven't let our oldest son watch it yet. We would probably allow it when he's 12, but we have pretty conservative viewing principles for media around here. One reason for that is because, while particularly worrisome graphics are not necessarily shown, the content that is shown and of the conversations between characters may lead my younger viewers to imagine something much scarier than I want them to have to deal with right now. We have some intense conversations and nightmares on occasion from some Disney movies around here, so I realize this is not going to be the same in every family. If you have young viewers, it's always best to preview content and discern whether it is appropriate for them.
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