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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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MPAA Rating: G

Religious film about a gentle stranger (Tony Goldwyn) who comes to a small town where everyone knows everyone else, but there is little sense of community. The stranger begins to rebuild a Christian church that was destroyed during a storm and as people join in on the project, they discover what it is to be a good neighbor. They also watch as the stranger performs what seem like miracles. Based on a novel by Joseph F. Girzone. Also with F Murray Abraham, Kurt Fuller, Giancarlo Giannini and Jordan Allen. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman leans in to kiss a man, but they do not. A man kisses a woman's forehead and hands tenderly.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man falls from a ladder, lands hard on the ground and lies motionless (he is pronounced dead). Two young men are caught as they vandalize the rubble of an old church. A man talks to a dead man and rubs his chest and the man doing the talking goes weak. A man places his hand on the forehead of a woman and she convulses. A man holds a woman's head; he seems to go weak and then stumbles to his knees.

PROFANITY 1 - 4 mild obscenities (sucks, hell, et al.). [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Miracles, faith, losing faith, individuality, community, God, revival meetings, cults, failure, anger, fear, death of a spouse.

MESSAGE - We must keep our hearts open to God in order to be able to love one another. Sometimes you must tear something down in order to build it back up again.

(Note: There are some themes about a vengeful God and that we should fear God.)

Special Keywords: S1 - V2 - P1 - MPAAG

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