The Confession is a wholesome family film

The ConfessionWhile many people flock to theaters to see the summer blockbusters, there are countless others who prefer films they can watch at home with their grandmother or their four-year old child. For these people, “The Confession,” directed by Michael Landon, Jr., and based on the second novel in New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis’ acclaimed “The Heritage of Lancaster County,” series, is a touching film of the power of love, faith and family.


“The Confession” continues the story of Katie Lapp ( Katie Leclerc, TV’s “Switched at Birth”), a young Amish woman on a life-changing journey to find her ‘Englisher’ birth mother, the terminally ill Laura Mayfield-Bennett (Sherry Stringfield, TV’s “ER”). Katie’s mission is thwarted by Dylan (Adrian Paul, TV’s “Highlander”), Laura’s husband, whose elaborate, fraudulent attempt to inherit Laura’s wealth conceals Katie’s true identity. However, two men are determined to help Katie. Business-minded but kind-hearted Justin Wirth (Michael Rupnow) tries to discover her hidden secrets while – unbeknownst to Katie – Daniel Fisher (Cameron Deane Stewart) – her childhood companion – sacrifices his own happiness for her future. Despite Dylan’s deception, Katie’s quiet faithfulness speaks volumes to Laura, who discerns that Katie is much more than hired help.

Sequels have pros and cons. Many audiences fall in love with certain characters and they look forward to the next chapter in the character’s story. One drawback to sequels, however, is that some actors are not available to reprise their roles. For those who watched “The Shunning,” the first thing they will notice in “The Confession” is that the actress playing Katie Lapp has changed. While Katie Leclerc gave a solid performance, Danielle Panabaker was a stronger and more empathic Katie. Sherry Stringfield’s reprisal of the dying Laura Mayfield-Bennett is powerful and heart-rending. Adrian Paul fits the bill as the handsome and debonair husband caught in a snare of his own making. Michael Rupnow and Cameron Deane Stewart were believable as the two young men in Katie’s life. Although they were on screen for just a few moments, Bill Oberst, Jr. and Samuel Van Natta portrayals of Katie’s Amish parents Samuel and Rebecca Lapp were sensitive and tender.

In “The Confession,” Michael Landon, Jr. continues to make wholesome family films.

Although there were some plot holes and a few ‘oh, come on’ moments, overall the story was solid. Parents will be happy to know that it is a clean movie, without violence or language and had a strong faith message.

With a running time of approximately 88 minutes, “The Confession” is available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and AFFIRM Films/Provident Films.