Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a copy of “The Current” from Family Christian for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
We are always looking for good, clean family movies for us to enjoy with the kids. When I got the chance to review “The Current“, I knew it would be perfect. It centers a round a 13-year-old boy who’s dealing with major changes and life lessons.
Thirteen-year-old Jake Larson has big plans in life to be drafted by the Chicago Cubs, but his dream vanishes when he inadvertently witnesses a hold-up at a Chicago convenience store. Concerned for his family’s safety, Jake’s father decides to leave the city violence behind and move back to rural Minnesota. Despite Jake’s angry protestations, the family moves to Providence River Campground to live and work as the site’s caretakers.
Bitter at the move and his new manual labor responsibilities, Jake soon meets Brian and Peter Owens, a father and son who live on a farm across the river. Jake and Peter form a quick bond that God uses to transform Jake’s life in unimaginable ways.
We watched this with our oldest two boys and right away, the movie struck a cord with us. We moved to a new home this past May and our 13-year-old son was not happy about it at all. Even though we only moved a few miles, it was hard for him and he could relate to the feelings of Jake in the movie. This coming of age of story dealt with some deep issues. It address real feelings and deals with issues of friendship, faith, trust, grief, and hope. And it did so in a way that was relevant to tween and teens (and adults!). We laughed and I cried (my hubby even teared up). I think we all have moments when we wonder “why?”. ”The Current” reminds us that God has a plan and that we can trust Him, even when we feel lost. I will say that while the acting in the film wasn’t exactly spectacular, the characters were relate-able and did a good job of expressing realistic emotions and reactions. Overall, this was a great family movie with a wonderful and inspiring message. While it is appropriate for any age, I think it’s best for 10 and up just because younger kids might loose interest.
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