Faith Film, UNCOMMON, Releases to DVD August 4th

Uncommon_DVDKeyArtWhat do we really know about religious liberties in public schools? UNCOMMON is a movie works to show that the Bible and praying in schools should not be a thing of the past. Releasing to DVD on August 4th by JC Films and Capitol Christian Distribution, UNCOMMON stars Eric Estrada (Chips) and Ben Davies (Couragerous), Irma P. Hall and Dove and Grammy Award-winner Jason Crabb

Synopsis: Aaron Chase (Davies), is a new student at Rosewood High. In an effort to have a positive impact at his school, he tries to organize a Bible study, but finds himself in direct conflict with his teacher, Mr. Stephens, who is an anti-religion zealot.

When the school’s theater department disappears due to budgets cuts, Aaron and a few other students decide to produce their own play with the help of the custodian, Mr. Garcia (Estrada). Unable to settle on a script, the students decide to write their own, using the stories from the Bible. As they work together to make their play, lives change as each student becomes uniquely influenced discovering that God takes them personally. This fuels Mr. Stephen’s animosity, who enlists help from the principal. Fighting overwhelming challenges, the teens defend their privilege to worship, meet and perform. Armed with expert legal counsel and help from an unexpected source, these teens realize what it means to be…UNCOMMON!

UNCOMMON features industry standard production values, with quality photography, lighting and sound. The acting was a bit of a mixed bag, with seasoned actors like Estrada and Davies providing believable performance, while the less experienced actors were, well, obviously less experienced.

The main challenge the film has is the script. It has a number of plot holes and several “Oh, come on!” moments. An obvious message film, it adds—and deletes—important elements in order to get their point across.

UNCOMMON would make a good film to watch during a youth night, followed by a lesson and discussion on freedom of speech rights and the federal Equal Access Act of 1984.