Drama


Translated


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama
Runtime:
117 mins
Stars:
Robert Cohn (Paul), Anthony Lam (Tim) Rebekah Stought (Kayla) Chris Green (Jalen)
Director:
Jerry Thompson
Producer:
Jerry Thompson

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
×
1
Language

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
×
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


tim's roommate and his girlfriend kiss before tim and paul enter without knocking.

Language


tim's roommakes makes reference to "f-words" and "f-bombs," during a comedy open-mic night, but never utters them; "crap" is used once, "hell" is used once.

Violence


paul is shown about to be beheaded, but that is not seen.

Drugs


tim's roommate and his girlfriend drink wine.

Nudity


none.

Other


none.


Trailer



Synopsis

An old man is about to be executed in ancient Rome, but is "translated" in time to contemporary Rome, Oregon. He is now homeless and a young truck driver picks him up. The truck driver is amazed to find out the old man claims to be the Apostle Paul. Paul observes the American Christian churches and offers his constructive criticism.


Movie Message

Translated is a light slap on the wrist of modern-day Christianity, believable for anybody who also is a fan of Back to the Future or Miracle on 34th Street. It poses the question: What would the apostle Paul, who labored so faithfully in helping to establish the church, think of what it has become 20 centuries down the road from the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, its Founder?



The movie takes us from just before the moment of Paul's beheading in dusty first-century Rome (as legend has it) to modern-day Rome, Oregon, where he shows up out of nowhere on the side of a road—wearing a sackcloth robe, smelling as if he had not bathed in nearly 2,000 years, and able to speak only ancient Hebrew and Greek. He is as much a fish out of water as Jed Clampett's family was in The Beverly Hillbillies. The apparently homeless old man is instantly befriended and taken in by a young truck driver/former youth pastor named Tim, which should be taken as an instant hint that the rest of the movie will try to parallel the first-century life of the apostle who wrote half the New Testament, including two epistles to a young protege named Timothy.



Tim takes him to the other side of the state, to Eugene, where Paul becomes remarkably proficient in English in a matter of months, and begins addressing the reason for his time travel. His central message is about unity -- Paul is distressed that modern-day Christians are so fragmented, and does all he can in his short visit to the future to correct this. Paul starts experiencing some of the same things he did in his first-century missionary journeys -- opposition from religious leaders, is briefly imprisoned by a jailer he later wins over, and even works a miracle. He quickly makes believers of his skeptics, even going so far as to show them the stripes on his back from the floggings he endured in the first century to prove his identity.



The movie doesn't go very far geographically, doctrinally or into any of the myriad issues that might grieve Paul concerning the church's impact in the world today. Paul's visit is relatively brief, and just as quickly as he appears, he is taken back to heaven in a whirlwind (shades of Elijah), having made a life-changing impact on Tim and the few Oregonians he met.



The movie has a strong faith message and as such it earns the Dove Approval for All Ages.



The Dove Take


Translated is lightly funny, the acting and dialogue are charming. Even the adversaries Paul encounters don't seem to have their hearts set on opposing him. The photography does as much to promote the natural beauty of Oregon as it does its central message concerning unity in the church.

For All Ages

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