It’s rare that there is a movie that the entire family can enjoy together. While I remember sitting with “B” through countless viewings of movies, enjoying the look on his face, I’m not sure that I fully enjoyed the actual watching of the movie. This coming Saturday FOX is airing “Truth Be Told,” the newest of their family oriented movies. I had the opportunity of previewing it this week.
I’m not a fan of made for TV movies, and when you include the words “Family Film” you might totally have lost me, so I screened “Truth Be Told” with some reservations. Starring Candance Cameron Bure as Annie (it was so nice seeing he as a “grown up”), Ronny Fox and David Elliot (Mark). This is the story of a marriage counselor who is single and a dad who recently lost his wife, who become reacquainted (as friends and romantically) after knowing each other in college. She is looking to host a radio show and he wants funding for his team. When after a misunderstanding she is invited to the ranch of a wealthy investor along with her “FAMILY”, (Mark and his 2 kids) the two conspire to go to the ranch posing as husband and wife with their 2 kids, and try to convince him to hire Annie and fund Mark’s team.
Proving that telling the truth is ALWAYS the best, this movie brings you the real emotions of doing the right thing. You don’t want to miss the performance by Danny Gokey either!
While the film comes off as being a bit too sanitary for me, it does offer the family the opportunity to watch together and really get into a discussion about the ramifications of lying. In honesty, there probably aren’t enough of these films that the entire family can not only watch together, but then sit and talk about after. Still, I feel kind of ICKY after watching it, maybe it’s that I didn’t find the characters relatable, or maybe it’s that I’m just too jaded.
Looking back to when “B” was younger, I realize now that we watched a LOT of movies together. I suppose it was the impetus for him wanting to be a filmmaker. The times that you spend with your children (whether they’re young or older), watching movies, exploring new ideas, etc. are the ones that mold them into adults. Sitting down and talking about what’s right builds responsible human beings.
Truth Be Told is a nice way for a family to spend the evening together, and a way to start some open communication. especially if they’re at “that age” when they don’t want to open up to mom or dad.
The premiere of “Truth Be Told” is on Saturday, April 16th on FOX at 8pm/7ct.
For more information visit the Family Movie Night website
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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a movie kit to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.