IN A NUTSHELL: Have you ever wished money grew on trees? Yep, me too. This light drama takes a look at our priorities. Directed by Scott Sikma, this movie won the "Audience Award" at last year's Calgary International Film Festival. Sikma said that his film will encourage people to see that even in the hardest of situations, there is hope and happiness to be found. It's family friendly and appropriate for all ages. There are funny moments, as well as deeper ones that carry messages that are timely and universal.
TIPS FOR PARENTS: Replacement words for profanity ("heck" and "darn" when the protagonist sees a pastor in the room). Talk of death of loved ones. Someone's cremated ashes are spread. Someone falls and has to go to the hospital Talk to your kids about how you can serve in your community. Some alcohol.
THEMES: Faith Happiness Fulfillment Charity Trust Honesty Communication Change Choice & consequence Appearance vs. substance First impressions
THINGS I LIKED: Real estate agents will get a kick out of the first scene. Sergio Di Zio (Flashpoint, Rogue) plays a money-hungry real estate salesman. He won Best Actor at 2019's International Christian Film Festival for his role in this film. I got a kick out of his performance. Grace Campbell is played by Claire Rankin from Molly's Game and Stargate Atlantis. The entire cast does a good job. I especially liked Detective Miller (Chantal Perron). I like little details like how Grace's necklace looked like a tree with deep roots. While scriptures and faith are discussed, this isn't a preachy Christian movie at all. I liked the song at the very end of the movie called "Forget You Are Gone" by Andrew Morris. The movie was filmed in beautiful Alberta, Canada.
THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: The background music sounds really cheesy most of the time. It was frustrating how so many problems could have been avoided had Paul just told his wife what was happening so they could figure everything out together. It could have used more humor to balance out the dramatic moments. It felt a little rushed. I would love to have seen more goofy antics with Paul Campbell and his expenses so I could live vicariously through him and all that money. There's no explanation about what happens to the tree in the end.
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Root of the Problem
Root of the Problem
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Having grown up in a family where money was always an issue, Paul Campbell is determined not to be in that same situation now that he is married to housewife Grace Campbell, they with two teenage offspring, Kari Campbell and Landon Campbell. As a real estate agent, Paul is the top seller at his company, but is so in employing cosmetic or band-aid solutions to larger problems which he does not disclose to the prospective buyers, and spending all his time on the job at the expense of quality family time or doing other things that do not add to that money earning potential. Regardless, Paul and Grace, in pinching every penny, are just making ends meet, Grace and the kids who just want them to save for a long talked about family vacation. When Grace's wealthy Uncle John passes away, he who Paul has always admired in being self-made in his wealth, Paul believes they have it made in the expectation that they will inherit much of if not all Uncle John's estate. They learn not only that Uncle John has instead donated all his money to a children's charity that was started by Grace's family, including his house which Paul is to act as the selling agent with his commission also going to the charity, but that all Uncle John has left them is a potted plant along with a somewhat cryptic message associated to it. While Grace accepts the inheritance in the love that was intended by Uncle John, Paul is totally deflated, he contemplating trashing the plant in his anger, until he eventually learns the source of Uncle John's wealth which is tied directly to that plant, something he doesn't tell Grace or anyone else. But Paul will learn that too much of a good thing has its downside, especially as, blinded by the wealth, he is unable to see the larger picture of all that can be accomplished instead of just lining his own pocket with big boy toys.
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