Drama


I Can Only Imagine


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
110 mins
Stars:
Dennis Quaid, Madeline Carroll, Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins
Director:
Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
Producer:
Cindy Bond, Kevin Downes, Daryl C. Lefever, Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
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0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


children kiss on the cheek.

Language


hurtful insults exchanged (no cursing)

Violence


a man hits his wife and child (discussed but not shown); a man is hit over the head with a plate; a man is threatened with a bat; a scuffle between two men with a drawn fist

Drugs


one of the main characters is an alcoholic.

Nudity


No Information

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart-topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.


Movie Message

The heart behind the hit song I Can Only Imagine takes viewers behind the curtain, into the personal life of singer/songwriter Bart Millard (a role magnificently performed by J. Michael Finley). Deeply moving, and not to be missed, I Can Only Imagine is a story of tragedy and triumph; a living epistle of grace and healing.

Raised in a turbulent home with an alcoholic father (Dennis Quaid), young, idealistic Bart uses music as an escape. His mother and grandmother are his allies; they see his dreams and encourage him to pursue them. But when Bart is abandoned, the deafening discouragement of the father he must contend with leaves him jaded and driven to please. After a football injury lands Bart in his high school’s Glee club, a surprising gift is discovered. Escaping home and pursuing a life of music and adventure on the road, Bart believes his troubles are over. However, even miles away Bart is haunted by hurt and rejection from his past. A visit home finally forces him to face his father and all the painful memories they share.

This is perhaps the most well done “true story” I’ve ever seen. I must admit, I was never a huge fan of the song that started it all. I didn’t understand or appreciate it, until seeing this film. The song deals with loss in a unique way, by looking heavenward to the joy of the departed. The film shows the events that became the inspiration for that song, along with its writing, recording, release, and impact. Watching this film fresh off the loss of my grandfather, I clearly understand now. I Can Only Imagine the film, like the song, is about all the moments in life, big or small, leading into the greatest moment of all: meeting the Redeemer face to face. It’s about people, who we are, the lives we lead and the legacy we leave behind. It clearly displays the folly of one’s choices, the impact of a father’s rage, the fickle nature of faith that refuses to forgive. It’s a story of radical transformation and radiant joy.

I Can Only Imagine transcends beyond the grit and darkness of its subject’s circumstances and captures the whole picture—the brokenness, yes, and plenty of it—but the healing, the mourning, sorrow and pain; also the joy. Bart’s story captured through film is Ephesians 3:20 in action, a beacon of hope for all those struggling with forgiveness, grief, and purpose. I Can Only Imagine grabs you, zeros in on your weariness and spurs you on. This is not a movie you simply watch. It is one that you feel.

We are pleased to award I Can Only Imagine the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.

For All Ages

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