Facing the Giants
"Facing the Giants," a production by a couple of associate pastors at Sherwood Baptist Church, is slated to debut Sept. 29 at 400 theaters nationwide. After the surprising success of Sherwood Pictures’ first full-length theatrical movie in 2003 (Flywheel), Alex and Stephen Kendrick birthed another Christian-themed script that has received more media attention than was expected.
After the upcoming film received a PG rating instead of a G, many conservatives criticized Hollywood, believing the rating might have been based on the strong religious message. This stirred a wave of press and TV coverage that ultimately led the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating board to explain its ratings decisions, which it usually doesn’t do.
The board rated it based on the film’s mature subject matter including football violence, depression issues and infertility. Religious content was not included in their rating.
In any case, "Facing the Giants" conveys a powerful message that "with God, all things are possible" and plays on the vision of the church’s senior pastor, Michael Catt, on "reaching the world from Albany."
Alex Kendrick, the writer and director of the film who also plays the head football coach, explained that his character (Grant Taylor) has to "rely on God to intervene just to make it through the [football] season." In the movie, Taylor has never had a winning season in his six-year coaching career. And things weren’t looking up for the coach when he overheard a group of fathers plotting to have him fired.
He turns to God in the midst of hopelessness, changing his attitude and his team (the Eagles)’s philosophy. Both the coach and team soon discover how faith plays out on the field.
Executive Producer Jim McBride hopes for the film to be an "encouragement to churches," showing that there are "ways [churches] can get outside the box and reach people for Christ."
"’Facing the Giants’ is a great movie about how God can change lives on and off the football field. Every family in America should see it," said NFL Coaching Great Dan Reeves.
I keep hoping if we support films like Facing the Giants then Hollywood will finally understand what faith and belief mean to the majority of Americans, but instead they keep giving us garbage like Studio 60.
Dread Pundit Bluto has a breakdown of just how insulting Studio 60 is.