“The decisions you make carry lifelong consequences.”

Synopsis: Nominated for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress at the 2020 International Christian Film Festival—Finding Grace is a film about a single father whose family is about to disintergrate, while facing challenges from the past and present; that not only test their faith in God, but also in each other.

Alaska Rose (Paris Warner), an eighteen year old with a bad attitude, we find in a bare courtroom. Charged with possession of alcohol in a public place and having false ID. Judge Harper (Erin Gray) decides to suspend her 60 day jail sentence to 100 hours community service. To which Alaska replies, “A hundred hours…That’s like my whole life!” Because of her outburst the judge increases the community service to 150 hours and then asks, “Would you prefer 200?” Alaska is quiet and Judge Harper proceeds to tell her that if she gets into anymore trouble she will go to jail. The judge tells her, “The decisions you make carry lifelong consequences.”

Alaska seems to be disrespectful to anyone in authority—even her dad, Conner (Jasen Wade),who she blames for her perdicament. As a matter of fact, she blames him for her entire miserable life! In her hostility she refuses to take any responsibility for her actions. He not only grounds her, but takes her car keys and on no uncertain terms lets her know she can only drive the car on a “need to” basis. To which she rebuttals “Mom would never trap me here and freak out like this!” Her father then says, “Why don’t we just give her a call—oh that’s right she didn’t leave a number.”

Abandoned by her mother, Alaska uses this negative attitude to dull the pain of continuous hurt and feeling of rejection. Her brother Kyle (Braden Balazik) asks why their mom left and she tells him that’s something he would have to ask her himself if he ever gets the chance some day. Up unto this point the audience is thinking the mom just deserted them. Not to give away the spoiler…Things are not always what they seem.

Two hurting souls find grace in their midst.

For community service she winds up in Sunnyvale, a senior citizen’s retirement home—to which she compares to a funeral home. Through no choice of her own, she is teamed up with Mrs. Foster; who has no family and is really rough around the edges. Who sarcastically asks, “Alaska? What kind of name is that anyway?” Mrs. Foster (Kisha Sharon Oglesby) is camoflaging a memory problem with this callousness. The scripture about iron sharpening iron really applies to these two! Two hurting souls find grace in their midst.

Alaska’s father, has a business and is working a second job to make ends meet. While he tries to make sense out of the rest of life crumbling all around him. A friend comes by from church and invites the family to come back as they hadn’t been in a while. Desperate for answers he tells Alaska, “We need God Ally.” Alaska replies, ” We need God. Right, just like we needed Him four years ago. What happened? She take Him with her? Cause He hasnt been around since!”

Will Alaska get through the probation? Will she reconnect with her dad? Will she somehow grasp the understanding of what family truly means? And finally, will she find the path back to hope and faith? Well, you will just have to watch the movie to find out!

Finding Grace was originally released in 2020. Is 106 min. Currently you can watch Finding Grace streaming on Amazon Prime Video or for free with ads on Tubi TV, The Roku Channel, and VUDU Free.

Director: Warren Fast
Writer: Warren Fast
Stars: Erin Gray, David Keith, and Bo Svenson.

We give Finding Grace

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is a movie about redemption, forgiveness—not only of others, but also for yourself. And even if you made some bad choices it’s not too late to turn your life around and get back on the right path through faith, love, and God’s grace. This is a film the entire family can watch. Everyone will walk away with something.

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