“Courageous” Movie Review



On Thursday night my husband and I were invited to attend a screening of the movie Courageous that will be opening in theaters on September 30th.

The Synopsis: Honor Begins at Home. Four men, one calling: To serve and protect.  As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they’re quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a new found urgency help these dads draw closer to God … and to their children?

Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the movie making ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

My Thoughts: I watched the trailer for Courageous before I went to the theater for the screening, so I was really excited to see if the actual movie would be as good as it looked like it was going to be.  Let me just tell you that I was blown away by the actual movie.  From the opening scene to the final credits I was riveted!  About 10 minutes (or maybe less) into the movie I started to notice all the sniffling going on in the theater.  The movie is an emotional roller coaster – it’s funny, enduring, heart wrenching and inspiring.  One minute I was laughing and the next minute I was trying not to run my mascara.  I don’t want to give anything away about the story line, but ladies  – let me just say that you NEED to set aside September 30th right now!  Line up the babysitter and take your husband to this movie!  Courageous has the potential to be epic – not only in our own families, but in our neighborhoods, church groups, schools and whole communities.  Courageous will stretch you, make you think about how you value your family and examine your priorities.  While this movie is intended for fathers, every member of the family can benefit from this movie (although I recommend it for teenagers and above).

Since the screening I have been deep in thought about how having an absent father has affected my life.  I lost him first at age 6 due to divorce and then completely when he passed away when I was 14.  I think as mothers, we have stepped up and tried to fill the gap for fathers that are not emotionally or even physically invested in their children.  When did “good enough” become so accepted?  There are a few exceptions that I know personally, but there are also so many dads that I know who aren’t active in raising their kids.  They do not take responsibility for actually teaching their children what it takes to live a full and meaningful life.  Do you know fathers that are so engrossed in their favorite TV show, that they don’t have time to teach their child responsibility, compassion and right from wrong?  This movie will challenge every Father to take a look at themselves and see if they are doing every thing they can do to connect with their children in a meaningful way.  You don’t want to miss this one!

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Save The Date: Write it on the calender right now – Courageous is opening in theaters on September 30, 2011!

*information from www.courageousthemovie.com


I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. I did attend the pre-screening of the movie for my review purposes. However, I was under no obligation to write a positive review or post about the movie.


Comments (4)

  1. Wow I would love to be able to attend a screening for films like this that would be so cool. directorylanesuperstore(at)gmail.com

  2. I am the director of children’s ministry at our church. I am trying to find out why this movie is rated PG 13. We have bought almost 200 tickets and I do not want to young children to attend and be sorry. I assume it is the “violent, action packed content” or is it too emotional for them ?

    Any help wil be appreciated

    • I emailed you directly, but wanted to answer here too in case it will help other parents when they are deciding on taking their children to see this movie. I would say it depends on the age of the child. Tween and up should be fine. There is some gang involvement and violence that might be disturbing to younger children. I will most likely take my 11 year old to see it, but not my 8 year old. Hope this helps – it is a fantastic movie!

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