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Finding Normal (2013)

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Finding Normal (2013)


Lou Beatty Jr.
Andrew Bongiorno
Valerie Boucvalt

Directed by Brian Herzlinger

When I read up on the movie I was very expectant because on IMDB it seems to have a high approval rating from the audience. But after watching it I felt the movie is a little overrated, now Finding Normal is not a bad Christian movie, neither is it a shallow production, in fact the production and setting are well done, and after watching I have to give kudos to the actors, they did a good job. But Finding Normal is very subtle and will only fit as a good sit home movie to watch with a friend, not in a gathering as some may doze off.

Finding Normal has its story being more like a lift or a Christian version of Doc Hollywood. Doc Hollywood has been remembered lately thanks to Disney/Pixar, as their Cars movie is like an animated version of Doc Hollywood rather than a homegrown story from the studio. Finding Normal is also similar, as stated above it is the Christian version of the 1991 Michael J. Fox hit Doc Hollywood.
The movie plot is about a woman named Dr. Lisa Leyland who has multiple unpaid speeding tickets and was speeding to go be with her boyfriend, when she got stopped over at a town called Normal. There, her unpaid speeding tickets were found, and she was faced with either jail time or do community service.

She decided to opt for the community service, where she will be the town’s doctor, as she was hurrying to complete her service and get out of the town certain incidents began to happen that made her start to love the town and soon, she was caught in the middle of going or staying.

Finding Normal is a good family Christian movie, but very predictable and it script could have been better if more work was put into it.

This movie was released this year, and I appreciate the effort that Christian movie makers are putting into their movies today, as predictable as the movie was, I still sat through it.

The long conclusion is that Christian movies are hard to make mostly because you will not see big studios parting from the huge budget to make them, but when you do see a good one or in this case an average one, you tend to really appreciate the effort put into it, as it gives you hope that sometime soon, Christian movies are going to be just as great as their secular counterparts.


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