“God Bless the Broken Road” Travels a Familiar Path

“God Bless the Broken Road” might offer some appeal to Christians that are looking for a wholesome film about the importance of faith in one’s life.

In the wake of her husband’s death in Afghanistan, a young Christian woman experiences serious financial difficulties and a loss of religious faith.

Cast: Lindsay Pulsipher (Amber Hill), Jordin Sparks (Bridgette), LaDainian Tomlinson (Pastor Williams), Andrew W. Walker (Cody Jackson), Robin Givens (Karena Williams), Makenzie Moss (Bree Hill), Kim Delaney (Patti Hill)

Amber Hill (Lindsay Pulsipher) seems to live a comfortable life in her sleepy Kentucky town. She serves as the musical director of her church, where she has several close friends. Her daughter Bree (Makenzie Moss) attends Sunday school. The only thing that is missing from her life is husband Darren (Liam Matthews), who is completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan. When she learns that Darren has been killed in combat, Amber’s world starts to fall apart. Two years later, we discover that Amber no longer attends church. She also suffers from severe depression and is barely getting by as a waitress at a local diner. Her financial situation is so dire that she runs the risk of losing her home. As a result of her desperate situation, Amber begins to question her religious faith.

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Jordin Sparks and Lindsay Pulsipher (R) in a scene from “God Bless the Broken Road” (Freestyle Releasing).

Bridgette (Jordin Sparks) and Karena (Robin Givens), two of Amber’s friends from church, sense that something is weighing heavy on Amber, but are unaware of the extent of Amber’s problems. Complicating matters is Amber’s less than cordial relationship with Patti (Kim Delaney), her mother-in-law. Patti desperately wants to spend more time with her granddaughter Bree.

A ray of hope in Amber’s life comes in the form of Cody (Andrew W. Walker), a cocky race car driver, who takes a romantic interest in her.

“The film is competently photographed, edited and acted. The main weakness of the material is in the writing.”

Evangelical Christians will appreciate “God Bless the Broken Road” for its wholesome presentation and its message regarding faith and the power of God. Except for a scene in war-torn Afghanistan and a car accident, there is no graphic violence in the film. The film also avoids even the mildest forms of nudity (this includes male frontal nudity) and sexuality found even in G-rated films.

The film is competently photographed, edited and acted. The main weakness of the material is in the writing. The story is very predictable with dialog that is obvious and trite. Also, the script doesn’t adequately explain how Amber got into such a dire financial situation. The film seems to suggest that her money troubles are due to nothing more than bad luck from losing the primary breadwinner in the family. It doesn’t address other factors that may have contributed to her situation such as a lack of life or mortgage insurance. Additionally, considering how close Amber is supposedly with her friends from the church, they seem curiously blind to her obvious depression and financial woes. Other than providing the occasional meal and words of comfort, Bridgette, Karena, and Cody seem incapable of providing Amber the support she needs to get her life back on track.

“God Bless the Broken Road” might offer some appeal to Christians that are looking for a wholesome film about the importance of faith in one’s life. However, for those looking for a compelling story with richly drawn characters that feel like real people as opposed to “types,” they are best to look elsewhere.

“God Bless the Broken Road” opened Friday, September 7, 2018 in wide release. The film is rated PG and is distributed by Freestyle Releasing.

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2 Responses to ““God Bless the Broken Road” Travels a Familiar Path”

  1. william O'rourke says:

    Great refreshing movie free from the usual profanity and nonsense immorality that is not a true reality for our general public. Most people are yearning for sex and graphic violence.
    People from what i read, want to contribute to normal, genuine values. This is from a non christian person. It is refreshing not to coming home with a distorted value of life.

  2. william O'rourke says:

    refreshing film

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