Maybe now you can understand why I jumped at the chance to view this movie before it's release date.
So many young people go through a phase as they transition to adulthood where they think they know it all. Where they don't want to be told what to do. Sean, in his first years of college, wants everyone, including his Pastor Father, to stop telling him how to live. Then he lives the way he wants, does what he wants, all in the hopes of finding happiness. Drinking, parties and a girl. It's when he finds he has lost everything, that he has decisions to make.
This is a story of life. I think so many viewers will be able to relate to this film. Either they were a similar situation to Sean in their past or maybe they are still in it. It's powerful message is that once we recognize our life is a story, we have choices. Is our story worth being told? Other powerful messages include that we all have to walk through something in our life and that many times, we live in a broken world that we have created for ourselves. But, we can always go home to God. It is a story of redemption.
As a counselor who has dedicated my life to helping young people, I truly believe that the messages in this film are so influential people will realize that they have the power to write the story of their lives. And just because they don't like what is happening now or in the past, they can write a different ending. I would recommend this film for high school age students and up and a great film for parents and young people to watch together. It is also a great film for youth groups. Don't get me wrong, I also think this is a great film for adults. Even those who think they are living a decent life as it really gives you pause to think--What makes your story worth being told? I even evaluated my life and my story.
Although I think historically, Christian films are not the greatest because of the lower budget, they definitely are getting better. This film is a perfect example. It also has a nice sound track. The DVD will be released tomorrow, March 24th. For $8.99 on Amazon, Confessions of a Prodigal Son is one film you don't want to miss, especially during this Easter season.