Mac Sledge is a former country star whose life has become empty and lonely, fighting alcoholism his whole career. Divorced from his wife and distant from his teenage daughter, Mac comes across a widow who owns a small motel. She helps him with some work and eventually they are attracted to one another, finally marrying. Through this relationship, Mac is able to get his life back together, gets baptized, starts writing again, and even tries to heal his relationship with his daughter. In this faith review, several discussion questions are available, related to themes of mercy, love, faith, relationships, and so on.
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This film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1999. This film can be somewhat difficult to watch as it has the same effect as the awkward feeling one experiences when a couple argues loudly during a dinner party at their house. It is real. It is uncomfortable. But reviewer John Elam thinks it is worth your time!
Occasionally, more than one student reviews the same movie. Such is the case with Pixar’s UP. If you click on the image at the left, you’ll be treated to two different reviews of this wonderful movie.
Watching Field of Dreams could help your group look at some of the big theological questions about the Kingdom of God, sacrificial love, and salvation. All of this from a movie about baseball!