Ring the Bell: a DVD Review and a GIVEAWAY

Leah Courtney
I may have mentioned before that I am always very ambivalent about Christian movies. On the one hand, I want to love them. I'm glad that there are Christian film makers. And I'm glad that they make movies that can draw people to God. But often the acting and production isn't very good. And I wonder, who will really watch these movies? If only Christians watch them, then aren't we just "preaching to the choir"?

I think Christian films need to have something that makes them appeal to unbelievers. Only if these films are appealing to unbelievers can the message of Christ really be spread through them.

Ring the Bell is the story of Rob Decker, a big time sports agent, who travels to a small town to attempt to sign a graduating senior who is a baseball great. When Rob's car breaks down, he finds himself stuck in town. And he is having trouble getting his player to be willing to sign a contract and go pro. He's never been turned down before, but this may be a first for Rob. While stranded, Rob gets to know the town's members and hears of the relationship many of them have with God.

Though I still think there were a few of the things that make me dislike Christian films - dialogues that seem like preaching; some choppy, unrealistic acting; and a few sappy scenes, there were also some really good things that I enjoyed about this film and that I think will make this film successful.

1. Appearances by Christian singers and pro baseball greats. Casting Crowns put on a concert. Steven Curtis Chapman and Matthew West were characters in the story. And there were some real baseball players- although I didn't recognize them because I don't watch baseball.

2. A good story line. The theme of big city, successful businessman finds himself stuck in a small town is one that has been used many times in movies. But it is a good, interesting story line.

3. The gospel is clearly told. Although I thought it a little "preachy" at times, I do think the producers did a good job making sure the gospel was presented clearly in different ways.

I haven't shown the movie to my teen and almost teen yet, but I think it will appeal to them. I know my son will enjoy the sports focus (as will many kids who enjoy sports).

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