Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission ministry, says that the new movie "Grace Unplugged," a new twist on a familiar story, will leave viewers with a message about reconciliation within families.
"It is an extremely entertaining movie and that's because of the people behind it. I showed it at Baylor to a bunch of college students and the feedback was that this was the best Hollywood movie they've seen with a theme of faith, and of course it's a prodigal daughter story," Baehr, who is also the founder and publisher of Movieguide, told Newsmax.
"Grace Unplugged" is the story of a character named Grace Trey who in the movie has just turned 18. Grace leaves a singing gig at her church where her father is a worship leader, to head out to LA, where she hopes to grow her musical career, but her journey is filled with moral pitfalls.
"If you want to be entertained and still have your children get the message that God has a plan for their life and they may not want to go off the deep end and jump into the abyss of being a prodigal child, this is a great, great movie for those children," Baehr said.
As for signs of an increase in the popularity of Christian films, including the announcement by former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum over the summer that he has started to work on his own film company, Baehr said, "Well, we've been sounding the trumpet for a long time that movies with faith and values do better at the box office.
"And every year going back as far as we've been doing this, which was started with Sir John Templeton and the Templeton Foundation," Baehr continued, "we see that movies with faith and values do six, seven, eight times better than the opposite."
Baehr’s advice to those wanting to make Christian films? "My word to those people is to learn the craft. Many people think I can make a movie because I watched a movie, and they don't understand that when Hollywood spends $240 million, any six year old can tell the difference between a $240 million 'Wizard of Oz' remake and a church film. So we need to make films that are as high quality and 'Grace Unplugged' has that quality. That's why I love it."
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