Drama


Run the Race


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama
Stars:
Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher, Kristoffer Polaha, Tim Tebow
Director:
Chris Dowling
Producer:
Ken Carpenter, Jake McEntire, Darren Moorman

Content at a Glance

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
×
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
×
2
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
×
1
Nudity

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
×
2
Other

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


No Information

Language


No Information

Violence


teenagers brawl over insults while drinking.

Drugs


underage drinking without consequences

Nudity


shirtless young men

Other


characters lie to achieve a goal; son is disrespectful to his troubled father.


Trailer



Synopsis

Against the backdrop of high school football and track, two brothers in a small Southern town face escalating problems with two different world views, straining—but ultimately strengthening—the bonds of brotherhood.


Movie Message

Run The Race is a well-made story of two high school-age brothers in small-town Florida, and we intersect with their lives some time after their mother has died and their father has abandoned them. As we enter the scene, we don’t know how their mother died, and we don’t know much about Dad, but we are drawn to their characters because the likable young men are devoted to one another and seem to be managing life well. The center of their life is their high school football careers; one ended by injury and one still thriving.

Zach and Dave are played by Tanner Stine and Evan Hofer whose performances bring this story to life, even though we really don’t know why they’re both high school seniors since they’re not twins. Frances Fisher and Mykelti Williamson, acting as Godmother and Coach, bring star power to the loving adults in the teenagers’ lives. Zach’s romantic interest and one of the key catalysts for change is Ginger (Kelsey Reinhardt), who brings a sassy and strong commitment to a character of faith and integrity.

This film does a good job with emotional beats; we enjoy the struggles and closeness of these two brothers, and we are willing to suspend a bit of reality to enjoy a story of growth and truth in God’s love. We see Dave is committed to his faith as his foundation, but Zach is still too bitter about their situation to hear any message about softening his heart.

We appreciate writer Jake McEntire’s story of devotion and forgiveness. The characters all stay in their typical lanes: stabilizing force or transformational path to hope and growth. While there is no harsh language or gratuitous sexuality, McEntire allowed some bad behavior in the story in an effort to be more authentic.

Run The Race is awarded the Approved 12+ Seal. Be aware of some scenes with underage drinking, ego-induced brawls and a tragic twist at the end.

It’s an enjoyable production with strong talent, even if we need to take several leaps of faith (so to speak).

 

For Ages 12 And Over

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