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What Would Jesus Do?

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Plot Overview

preachercandlesOptometrist Grace Farlow (Jena Malone) treating a patient for advanced macular degeneration (AMD) needs a miracle but turns to science. Her friend and colleague Dr. John, an expert in his field, offers little hope. Receiving news of the tragic death of her priest brother Michael (Steffan Cennydd) she travels to Mt. Saviour Convent situated on a remote coast of Scotland to investigate for her­self. It becomes patently obvious that her “indifference” to religion is out­right hostility. She distrusts the nuns' account of her brother's death on the rocky shore below the cliff.

Jesus in the cloudseye trimFr. Michael, it turns out, had gone to Mt. Saviour to search out his sister's past whom the convent had once tried to adopt, she being a foundling at age ten. They are heavily into penitence, these nuns, one of the sisters even gouging out her eye to rid her­self of evil. Returning crusaders in the twelfth century had left a stone of penitence just back from the cliff's edge. The penitent was to stand praying facing the stone with her back to the brink. Each time she remembered a sin, she took a step back. If she was a profligate sinner, God would catch her before she sinned any more: a practical way for a sinner to die a saint. This Catholic path to saint­hood might be compared to a Baptist-approved resolution of a 1930's labor dispute as described by novelist George S. Schuyler:

On the advice of a conciliator from the United States Labor Department, Blickdoff and Hortzenboff, took immediate steps to make their workers more satisfied with their pay, their jobs and their little home town. They built a swimming pool, a tennis court, shower baths and a play­ground for their employees but neglected to shorten their work time so these improve­ments could be enjoyed. They announced that they would give each worker a bonus of a whole day's pay at Christmas time, here­after, and a week's vacation each year to every employee who had been with them more than ten years. There were no such employees, of course, but the mill hands were over­joyed with their victory.

The local Baptist preacher, who was very thoughtfully paid by the company with the under­standing that he would take a practical view of conditions in the community, told his flock their employers were to be commended for adopting a real Christian and American way of settling the difficulties between them and their workers. He suggested it was quite likely that Jesus, placed in the same position, would have done likewise. (136–7)

If she'd committed fewer than ten sins in the week, she can walk back down a happy nun.


MadonnaMichael held that Grace had a guardian angel. Grace felt protected at any rate. She'd acquired a reputation for miraculous healing she felt she didn't deserve. Her memory was blank from before her adoption, but she had visions of her past and future. One vision was of returning crusaders persecuting for witch­craft a gathering of Druids meeting in the woods. The order of knights founded this convent that harbored serious distrust of the super­natural. Grace had gotten on their bad side (“She doesn't know her strength.”)

One feels obliged at times to entertain family & friends. Christians and especially nuns are obligated to receive strangers as well. We gladly shoulder any inconvenience. A visitor that demonstrates some kind of miracle might seem off-putting, especially to knights returned from pagan lands. The antidote for distrust is, (Heb. 13:2) “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Angels some­times look quite human and may come unannounced.

Production Values

” (2023) was directed by Christopher Smith, having been written by Christopher Smith and Laurie Cook. It stars Jena Malone, Danny Huston and Thoren Ferguson. The acting was okay though some of the more recognizable faces were stuck in supporting roles.

MPAA rated it PG for action/violence through­out and brief language. The scenery was awesome. The nuns were integrated including a couple blackamoors, a one-eyed penitent, and one not quite right in the head, i.e. lack of seriousness. Runtime is 1½ hours.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

I like a good mystery and here it is achieved by chopping up the timeline and introducing woo woo strange happenings. There's a nice flow of tension and resolution. It won't scare the bejesus out of you, but you may want to leave the night light on … or not.

Movie Ratings

Action Factor: Weak action scenes. Suitability for children: Suitable for children with guidance. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Good for Groups. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture is quoted from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Schuyler, George S. Black No More. Copyright, 1931, by The Macaulay Company. Reprint by College Park, Maryland: McGrath Publishing Company, 1969. Print.