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GREAT Christian movie, but don't know about crossover appeal,
This review is from: What If (DVD)
WHAT IF is a great Christian movie, and almost an exact retelling of the Nicholas Cage film, FAMILY MAN. But, that's a good thing because the premise creates a great story.
The movie opens with Ben Walker leaving his girlfriend Wendy (Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson, or Hercules and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with promises of returning in a few months to continue their relationship. But, Ben never returns and the movie cuts away to 15 years in the future when Ben is a successful businessman focused only on money and material success. He finds out Wendy is in town for a missionary fundraiser, and sends a check, but doesn't have time to go himself. An angel (John Ratzenburger) has other plans, and soon takes Ben to a world where he actually married Wendy and had two girls (one is Debbie Ryan from Suite Life on Deck). Ben has no clue about what to do in this new life where he faces the responsibility of being a father, a husband, and a pastor.
While obvious this is a low budget film, it is quite enjoyable (if a bit long). There is a lot of humor in Ben's attempt to be a pastor, especially when counseling a couple for marriage. This movie covers in all, including a conversion scene. I love the message in the movie, but this same message may seem contrived to the jaded general public. But, for the budget, this movie has good acting and high production values.
But, this movie is what it is. Cries for more movies to be made like this are going to fall on deaf ears. This isn't a mass market movie, but one for Christians to enjoy and use to minister to others in their own home or at church.