• Released
  • November 12, 2010
  • (Sneak on Sat., 11/6 only!)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 5 min
  • Action/Adventure

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Unstoppable is more of a sermon than a documentary. For a little more than an hour, Kirk Cameron (a popular young teen of Growing Pains fame in the '80s) tries to answer the eternal religious mystery: Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? He speaks directly to the audience throughout, illustrating some of his heartfelt Christian beliefs with a number of visual scenes and sequences taken from the Bible, as well as current-day events (an "imagined" business meeting and an actual funeral). The depiction of Bible stories, as they are seen here (some sensual, some brutal), may be disturbing or frightening to kids; the Cain and Abel portion, specifically, is accompanied by some violent and bloody images. Primarily of appeal to teens and adults who already have a strong religious mindset.
  • Families can discuss the differences between "documentary" films that present actual events without a bias and those which are designed to convince or "sell" a specific attitude or belief. What resources are available to audiences that would help them determine the filmmaker's purpose?
  • How does the presence of a well-known person or popular celebrity affect your willingness to accept the messages in a documentary film?
  • How did you feel as you were watching Matthew Sandgren's funeral? Why did Kirk Cameron want you to be a part of someone's very private moments?
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