‘If I Had Wings’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
Seventeen year old Alex Taylor (Richard Harmon) dreams of flying. He also dreams of running for his high school’s cross-country track team. Both dreams seem equally out of reach as Alex has been blind since the age of two. Alex, determined to run, practices with his father, Probation Officer Geoff Taylor. Geoff, with additional girth and age working against him, finds that he no longer can keep up with his son, a gifted runner. He must find a running partner at the school fast enough to help Alex make the cross-country team.
This help comes from the unlikeliest of sources. Brad Coleman (Jaren Brandt Bartlett), a schoolmate of Alex’s, spends most of his time running from the law. Brad is caught in a pathetic daytime robbery attempt and faces incarceration for repeat offenses. Geoff makes a deal to keep Brad out of jail and back in school. He pairs the two boys, opposite in many ways, together. And despite a rocky start because of their many differences, an unlikely friendship forms.
There are a lot of great lines in this one, full of humor and very inspirational. A couple of highlights:
- Competition is a GOOD thing, but always remember someone will come along who will be better, faster, more talented than you. That is a good way to keep us humble because it’s not about us…it’s about HIM!
- Don’t give up. Sometimes we give up on things too quickly. I believe it’s the same way when we’re praying and believing for something. Keep praying until God convicts you His answer is no. That doesn’t apply to walking in victory. His answer is a definite “YES” when it comes to overcoming.
This review is styled a little different than normal because I didn’t realize this was going to be a family friendly film only. There wasn’t any reference to God in the film whatsoever and this disappointed me. UP TV is beginning to show more and more family friendly, rather than Christian programming.
Although an uplifting film is wonderful to watch, it still leaves you lost at the end of the day. Our job, as Christians, is to represent Christ in all that we say and do, as well as tell others about eternal life. If the seed sown in a family friendly film has no Jesus in it, it’s pointless. When we lift Jesus up in all we say and do, then people will be drawn to Him.
It’s all about sowing seeds for the Kingdom.
Parental Warning – I do have to give 1 warning here because there was an inappropriate comment for the girl to make regarding the boy she liked several times. It cheapened the film and I truly hope girls don’t talk like that today. If they do, something is definitely wrong with our society and we need to pray more for purity in our words and thoughts.
In all fairness, they weren’t shown as Christians, so they were doing what worldly people do, but parents should know ahead of time to be prepared for it.
Same movie as ‘God Gave Me Wings’
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