OVERCOMER  –  7 out of 10.

     In a word: Tear-jerker

If you like movies that have lots of action, violence, guns, bombs, racism, sexual references and bad language, DO NOT see this film. There’s none of the above. Ergo, it’s kinda refreshing to see a “clean: movie these days.

     This is a good story with an emotional plot about a small town high school basketball coach who loses most of his student players when a major industrial plant is closed and people have moved to new towns where the local economy is better. Coach John Harrison (played by Alex Kendrick) then meets up with a young girl student, age 15, who shows some interest in long distance running, though she is the only runner remaining from the “team.” Harrison, by necessity, reluctantly accepts the job as running coach.

     Played by Aryn Wright-Thompson, runner Hannah Scott had never known her father which was clearly a void in her life. Now living with her grandmother, she is torn between expectations of her school, her friends, her grandmother and her coach. Struggling with a history of rejection, the movie follows the path of young Hannah and Coach Harrison who becomes her mentor and spiritual guide. Dealing as well with the death of her mother, Hannah struggles with an array of emotional difficulties.

     This generally plays out well, until the story (in my opinion) over-emphasizes the preachy side of faith and religion. I have no problem with Christian-based movies that focus on Christ as the salvation for heart-breaking problems, but it would good for the viewer to know that theme is prevalent before buying the tickets. This plays out in the latter part of the movie, which does provide a good ending to a story about psychological suffering. Relating to God and religion is not new to movies, and nothing wrong, but I think it would go over better without the audience being read passages from the Bible.

      The acting is credible, particularly the child actress playing Hannah, who rips at the heartstrings to erupt a flow of tears. Other actors also did a credible job.

     The movie is good other than a few scenes which over-sermonize the religious angle, Having grown up in a home where I lost my father the tender age of two, I could relate to the feelings of this child and her quest to find answers about the family history.

     I give this a 7 out of 10.



  1. PATRICK PESCE September 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

    I disagree that religion is an “angle” and that people of faith object to an emphasis on passages of the Bible: ergo “over-sermonize”. Subjective?

    Your review has piqued my interest and I will probably see it this weekend.

  2. Helen R. Frigo September 7, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

    The 2013 movie, “Lore” is on DVD at the Martin co. libraries, about a teenage girl as WWII is ending. “Growing up Smith” about an Indian boy in the South?, was also a total surprise, and held our interest. We have often been amazed at the diverse subject matter, and countries covered, in DVD’s at the library. We appreciate your reviews, Marshall,
    but I just can’t sit still long enuf in a theater. And frankly, is some sport or another the only way children can get ahead nowadays? As our aging bodies ache, we can only imagine the future damage of all the stress and beatings that young bodies endure.

  3. Donald September 7, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

    I am not bothered by the preachy side of faith and religion, and will go see this movie tomorrow. It will be refreshing to see a movie that doesn’t have the “F” word in every sentence. That’s where I think movie reviewers could focus more. Movies have become so profane, even when most of the characters are young kids, that it’s difficult to pick and choose which movies to see! It will be refreshing to see a movie that focuses on moral human values instead of gutter speech!

  4. Joe Muzz September 7, 2019 at 1:37 pm #

    With the current hateful rhetoric flooding the country, and particularly venomous commentary coming from the Hollywood elitest left, we gave the film an 8.5. We were able to enjoy an uplifting story, with a good biracial message, without having to endure a gratuitous (Beto favorite!) F-bomb

  5. Gail September 7, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

    We saw it with the young grandkids. I agree with your review.

  6. Ron Shelton September 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm #

    Thanks for your faithful movie reviews. As a
    Pastor for over 55 years, it’s encouraging to
    begin seeing Christian films grow in quality.
    As a Christian family we too cringe when it is
    too preachy but are genuinely moved when it
    seems natural and appropriate. It really does
    not make a difference whether a passage is
    Read from the Bible or a Marshall Frank book
    if it is national and appropriate. And for the
    viewer to know the theme before buying tickets
    is already in place with trailers, TV interviews
    with the producer, continual ads and previews
    running well in advance. The viewer knows
    exactly what he is buying tickets for. And if
    perchance it causes someone to desire a
    relationship with Jesus, I would give it a big
    AMEN in addition to to 9.5 which I had given
    it as I left the theatre. By the way, Hannah
    was my favorite.

  7. Doug Murphy September 10, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    Thank you for the review and the tip off that this movie is different and far from what Hollywood usually produces. I give it a 8.5. I like to see movies that provide themes and actors that are models to emulate. There should be more of these.

  8. Helen R. Frigo September 10, 2019 at 4:26 pm #

    George Washington’s Address to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport, Rhode, Island
    Categories: God, Religion and Morality
    Date: August 17, 1790
    “May the children of the stock of Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants—while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light, and not darkness, upon our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in His own due time and way everlastingly happy.”
    (I think it was a Polish immigrant who had escaped from the British prison ship,
    who came up with the money for Valley Forge, when the states were all arguing amongst themselves) And later for the fast march to Yorktown to confront Cornwallis.

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