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What If…. Tells the story of Ben Walker (Kevin Sorbo) who fifteen years ago left his college sweetheart Wendy (Kristy Swanson), and his calling to be a preacher, in order to pursue a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying executive gig, a trophy fiancé, and a new Mercedes, he hasn't considered a family or felt the need to set foot in a church again. But God has other plans. While on a thrill ride outside the city, his new car mysteriously breaks down, and he's is visited by a tow truck driver named Mike (John Ratzenberger) who claims to be an angel sent to show Ben what life would look like had he followed his true calling. Suddenly Ben wakes up in the middle of domestic chaos as his "wife" Wendy and daughters (including Debby Ryan) are getting ready for church, where Ben is the new pastor. Before Ben can get back to his old life, Ben must first embrace this reality and discover the value of faith and family, and perhaps restore his love for those who were heartbroken 15 years ago: Wendy.... and God. In the tradition of "It's a Wonderful Life" and "The Family Man", What If ... is a story of finding your true purpose in life.
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With "What If...", Dallas Jenkins manages to give audiences an aesthetically beautiful film with wonderful performances on both sides of the camera. The movie feels like a mid-budget Hollywood release, a remarkable feat considering the low budget and tight shooting schedule. Kevin Sorbo has a great presence throughout, and Kristy Swanson, still beautiful as ever, shows off her dramatic chops. And John Ratzenberger's performance is angelic, in a good-old-boy way.
Still, great direction and performances don't make a great movie unless the story matches. Thankfully, the story of "What If...", albeit somewhat recycled, is outstanding. Living a life of luxury and power, Ben Walker (Sorbo) is chosen by God to receive a glimpse of what his life could have been had he made a different decision 15 years earlier. The bulk of the movie is spent in Ben's alternate reality where he learns the true riches of life.
"What If..." doesn't hide the fact that it's a Christian movie. Still, it doesn't hurl religion at the audience with reckless abandon. In other words, it's a movie that even non-Christians can and should enjoy. Without sex, violence, or language concerns, it's perfectly suited for all ages.
Raising the bar for faith-based films, "What If..." is hopefully the start to higher standards for movies delivering messages of the Highest Standard.
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direction vs what would have happened if your kept on your original path God intended for you. It gives
you the scenario of a Christian man who moved a way from a country town with the intention of it being temporary
and returning home to continue his life with his girlfriend and the path they thought God was directing them.
What happened was that he stayed in the city he went on to become a successful business man with a the trappings
of materialism that his success could buy and he thought he was happy! Enter an Angel sent by God to show him what if..
he had returned to the country town he left and his Christian Girlfiend and fulfilled the plans he once had.
This movie is similar to "The Family Man" (Nicholas Cage) but from a Christian perspective and poses the question what if..
you walked the path God called you to walk how would your life be different?
This movie does get you to question your direction and what matters to you the most and indeed how your life effects others
around you. The story while familiar to many, does get you to think What If...............
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