Last Chance Harvey// wholesome family movie hits the big screen

If you’ve read this blog before, then you know that we love to promote movies that portray wholesome family values, healthy family relationships and characters with moral fiber.

On a little outing this evening, my Mom, my hubby and I went to see Last Chance Harvey. Watch the trailer here if you haven’t heard about it yet. ***Come back to this post if you plan to see the movie and don’t want any info yet 🙂

Although the movie starts out a little rocky (aka depressing) for the main characters Harvey ( a divorce’) and his friend Kate (never married), it gets better, and I love a good love story with a happy ending. Since starting this blog and zeroing in on the great marriage debate, I seem to notice more now when movies have healthy family values and when they don’t.

Dustin Hoffman is on the verge of loosing his job. He goes to London for his only daughter’s wedding and finds out that she has asked her step-father to walk her down the isle. Down and out, and heartbroken, Hoffman attends the ceremony, but then makes a quick exit for the airport to get back to NY for a business meeting, when he finds out he’s been fired and meets Emma at the airport.

Not to spoil the plot, but I want to point out what I loved about this movie:

  1. The daughter wasn’t pregnant but was getting married to a very nice man!
  2. The movie didn’t show, or allude to anyone having sex
  3. Harvey is saddened that he and his daughter have grown apart
  4. He thinks he’s been a bad Father and wants to repair things (even though it seems he’s been a great Father)
  5. He goes to his daughter’s reception at the urging of his new friend Kate. She even goes along to support him.
  6. When the step-father gets up to make a toast, Harvey interrupts and corrects the announcer,  stating that he is actually the bride’s Father. Harvey then makes a very nice toast to his daughter and son-in-law, and thanks the step-father and passes the speech back to him.
  7. He is able to get a long with his ex-wife.
  8. They both make the wedding a pleasant experience for their daughter and everyone else.
  9. Harvey is so concerned about being in his daughter’s life, but he doesn’t discredit that the step-father has also been there for her.
  10. Harvey is respectful of Kate, they laugh and joke, they walk, they hold hands, but they don’t have sex. They get to know each other first and the movie never even makes the audience think that down that road.
  11. Kate takes care of her elderly Mother, she makes time for her, cleans for and does it without complaining that she is a burden.
  12. This movie was pro-marriage, pro-family and pro-parents having relationships with their children, and children having relationships with their parents.

There are a lot of great things in this movie; kind of surprising, and very refreshing coming from Hollywood. This movie is a rare gem in what is usually a sea of filth.

I didn’t waste the time looking up the producers etc., to see if anyone involved in this movie was No on 8, but they put out a great film regardless of the personal opinions of anyone who worked on it. It was nice to see family, love and support portrayed in this film. I highly recommend it! Great family movie and cute love story showing the audience that it’s never too late to open your heart, it’s never too late to change your life and it’s never too late to take a chance.

{ Thankfully, Not All of Hollywood Has Taken Leave of their Morals… }

Since this seems to be low-key blogging, movie-review-week here at The Journalista Chronicle, I thought I would share this. The 80’s Sitcom Growing Pains was always one of my favorites, as it portrays an intact traditional family with parents who teach their children values and morality, and right from wrong. I’m happy to see that Kirk Cameron is still showing America how important family and marriage are. He explains his new movie “Fireproof” to Bill O’Reilly in the video clip below.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but definitely plan too. reports on the movie’s unexpected success. ‘Fireproof’ tells the story of “a firefighter who lives by the mantra “never leave your partner behind” at work is about to do just that in his personal life.” Since opening at the boxoffice in October, Fireproof has grossed in excess of $30 Million! In the movie, Caleb Holt (Cameron) receives the book, “The Love Dare,” from his father, who tells him to follow its 40-day challenge to save his marriage. I am so excited that there ia a movie like this. A champion for traditional marriage and Christian values!

The movie, which has a strong faith-based message and was made with a budget of just $500,000 and a volunteer cast that includes former teen idol Kirk Cameron, has been surprisingly successful.

“This is a movie that gives people hope and inspires them that they can save their marriages _ that love, in the end, won’t fail, if you pour your heart and your time and your energy into the things that really matter,” Cameron said.

Watch the trailer on the movie’s official website here.

Have you seen ‘Fireproof’ already? Tell us what you think in the comments section!


{ Sneaky, Sneaky Hollywood….Wake Up America! }

If you haven’t noticed already, then you should start paying attention to the sneaky and not so sneaky ways that Hollywood is participating in the “deteriorate the family” and “promote homosexuality” campaigns. If you just take the time to look around, the filth is everywhere. Call me a prude or whatever, but I already don’t watch rated “R” movies and it’s looking like I’ll be passing on PG-13’s for the most part as well. My husband and I are notorious for walking out of trashy and inappropriate movies and I’m an ace at getting theaters to refund our money so we can then go see something that is more in line with our values. Blogger tip: If you tell the theaters that the the movie should have a higher rating and if you had known how trashy it was, then you wouldn’t have even bought a ticket, it usually works rather well, but the catch is that you have to get a refund before 20 minutes into the movie. They won’t let you watch half and then get your money back. Sometimes we have to settle for just passes, rather then a refund, but the point is, if you don’t feel comfortable in a movie, or you shouldn’t feel comfortable in a movie, get up and walk out!!!!

So, I am a little embarrassed to admit that I didn’t get up and walk out of the movie my entire family went to see on Wednesday, “Four Christmases.” I should have though. My sister, her boyfriend and my Dad only lasted about 15 minutes before they walked out, but the rest of us stayed. There were mixed reviews about the movie, but in light of the societal upheaval as of late and being fully aware of everything the radical left, gay rights activists and same-sex marriage backers have been shoving down our throats, in an effort to indoctrinate our entire country and destroy our entire society, this movie stuck out like a sore thumb!

I just thought I would give my readers a little synopsis of what gems this movie had to offer. Read on to get the sarcasm….

  1. The movie starts off with the main couple ranting and raving to an engaged couple about how crappy marriage is. They aren’t married themselves, but they proceed to tell this engaged couple why they would NEVER marry….ball and chain and other negative marriage phrases are used.
  2. They couple spend the first part of the movie plotting to avoid their family for Christmas. (I could never imagine not being with my family for Christmas).
  3. As they hop from house to house after being roped into spending Christmas with their families, the plot thickens, or rather the muck thickens……You learn that all parents are divorced, so the couples do not have intact families.
  4. Reese’s character apparently was lesbian-esque in high school….(little plug for the gay community)
  5. Vince’s Mom now shacks-up with his former best friend from high school.
  6. The couple go on and on about how they don’t want kids
  7. Then Reece decides she does and she might want to get married, but Vince doesn’t so he storms off.
  8. Vince then comes back saying that ok, they can start thinking and talking about having kids, Reece is excited, they kiss and make up and then start in with, kids will be a good tax write-off, we will have to have 2 so, like dogs, they will have company and can be left alone…..and on and on….
  9. Then as the movie ends, it shows the couple in the hospital with their new baby, one year later……no wedding rings in sight, no in-tack family for this newborn, no plans to marry….

My husband says, “well, we don’t know they didn’t get married, or weren’t getting married,” and my response was, “well Hollywood made sure we knew they weren’t married, we shouldn’t have to speculate and finish the story for them”……

How hard would it have been for the director, producer, whomever, to just put wedding bands on their characters and at least finish the movie with some semblance of moral fiber?

This movie is clever. They placed a horrendous amount of immorality in a pretty box and packaged it up with hilarity, sexual innuendos and sarcasm. Next time…I’ll be walking out and getting a refund!

Have you seen the movie? Tell us what you think in the comments section!

Thanks for reading!