I've had the chance to get advance information in the past for movies that were produced by P&G and Wal-Mart (Secrets of the Mountain and The Jensen Project), so I was excited when approached by MomCentral to check out the latest family movie from these corporations -- Truth Be Told (airing April 16, 2011 on FOX at 8pm/7pm. Facebook page) This time, I didn't receive a trailer for the movie, but instead had the opportunity to view the entire movie before it airs on television.
I watched the movie tonight, and was fortunate enough that my schedule allowed me to watch during the time frame that the lead actress (Candace Cameron Bure) was watching and chatting with the viewers. I'll admit that when I read the promo and realized the movie was based on the lead characters telling a lie, I wasn't too sure that it was a movie that I would want to watch with my family. After watching it by myself this evening, I can tell you that I don't have any problem watching it again as a family when it airs next week.
The lie told by the main character moves the story along, but the characters are worried about their lie and often try to come clean. I don't want to spoil the story, but lessons were learned and I think the movie can bring up some wonderful family conversation about telling the truth and making choices that are full of integrity. It also provides the opportunity to talk about choosing the easy route, and the pitfalls that can occur when that choice is made.
Candace watched the movie tonight while helping her kids with homework. It was fun to hear her talk about how cold it was during certain scenes, and how her daughters cringe and cover their eyes when she kisses the lead male character (David James Elliott -- remember him from JAG? I do! And he's still super-cute!)
The movie was well-acted, and there were some fun cameos -- Kurt Warner and his wife made an appearance, as well as Johnathan Frakes and Danny Gokey. The movie was filmed near Santa Fe, NM and the scenery was gorgeous.
One of the things that I have liked about all the movies made for "Family Night" is that there are strong family bonds and the siblings obviously care for each other. I also like these movies because they are great for families to watch together -- just a little romance, no gore or violence, just a bit of suspense.
I recommend this movie and think you will enjoy it, too! You can watch it on FOX, April 16, 8/7.
Here's the trailer from YouTube:
Disclosure: “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a movie kit to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.”