Unsung Hero Film Review

Based on a remarkable true story, a mum's faith stands against all odds & inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs.

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It took me approximately .004 seconds to say yes to reviewing this film once I heard that it was the family story behind FOR KING + COUNTRY:

Gv and I are huge fans of the band FOR KING + COUNTRY (especially track #2 on this album!), so we couldn't wait to find out what about their family story made it worth making a movie about...

When David Smallbone's successful music company collapses, he moves his family from Australia to the United States in search of a brighter future. With nothing more than their six children, their suitcases, and their love of music, David (played by FOR KING + COUNTRY'S Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (played by Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives from the ground up.

You guys, it was SO. GOOD.

I pretty much cried through the whole thing, which I don't usually enjoy, but it was just amazing to see all the outpouring of support and community that the Smallbones experienced.

Gv actually said, "Wait, you mean there are actually people out there in the world that do nice things for others like this?"

Which, of course, is a sad thing to hear your daughter say (and doesn't mean we haven't experienced plenty of "nice" things done for us, either!), but I think she was just so shocked to see large groups of people coming together to help a family out like was shown in the movie.

Another thing I loved was that the movie featured plenty of "regular" music from the first couple of years of the 90s. I'd assumed a movie like this would only include Contemporary Christian music (which there was a bit of, like references to this gal, this guy & this group), but the majority of the tunes in the background were just regular old pop songs that everyone listened to then (like this favorite earworm, for example).

Additionally, the entire movie felt like a typical Hollywood blockbuster, and not some Christian or Hallmark film.

There were plenty of "real" family moments (Luke Smallbone says his family was "jacked up" just like any other in this great interview): 

And I just loved how much the movie focused on forgiveness.

I spent a good part of the movie trying to figure out who the wife of the family's church friend was -- turns out it was Candace Cameron Bure, who is also an executive producer of the film. It was such a fun role to see her in -- her character was such a...character!

I also kept wondering who played the grandfather, because he looked so familiar. Turns out, he was on this bigtime show (which we haven't watched, but the previews for it were everywhere when it was on, so how could we not recognize him?!)

But the biggest surprise was when we reached the end of the movie -- the eldest sister is being given a different last name for her stage name (because "Smallbone" just wouldn't cut it), and the lightbulb suddenly went off in my head and I shouted out, "Rebecca St. James!"

Which frightened poor Gv to death, but then she couldn't stop laughing at me -- I was just gobsmacked over Rebecca St. James being related to FOR KING + COUNTRY!

P.S. I happened to notice on the credits that the REAL Rebecca St. James plays a flight attendant in a couple of scenes, which just added an Easter-egg quality to the entire production!

So fun!

See the trailer to this movie here:

And enjoy the Unsung Hero music video here:

This was just an all-around great movie, but would be the perfect gift to celebrate your mom's priceless role in your family by taking her and the whole family to see this powerful film!

Even if you don't know or care a whit about Christian music (but it'll be bonus fun if you do!), this movie will inspire you to keep plugging away at your goals and not give up!

Buy tickets today to see Unsung Hero in theaters starting April 26th!

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