Come What May
by Phil Boatwright

Advent Film Group distributes this Grassroots Christian Film on DVD on March 17.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Made with the help of some 40 home schoolers and Patrick Henry College in Virginia, Come What May tells of a bright college student who wants to transfer to Patrick Henry College in order to join their prestigious debate team. His mother is a liberal lawyer, his father a conservative biologist. Dad’s all for the boy going to a Christian college. His mother is not so pleased and will only sign a second check for the next year if her son wins the National Moot Court Championship.

Off to school he goes, and the chosen Moot Court debate concerns the overturning Roe Vs. Wade abortion issue. Mom just so happens to be fighting to support the ruling in the real world, while her college student son tackles it from the opposing view.

To further complicate things, the lead falls for his partner, a bright and pretty legal student who won’t date until she’s sure he’s the guy.

PHC students and faculty helped develop the story and polish the script. Manny Edwards wrote the first draft and worked on all subsequent drafts – as did David Hallbrook, Pulitzer Prize nominee and PHC director of communications. Dr. Michael Farris, a constitutional attorney, founder and chancellor of PHC, wrote the legal brief for overturning Roe. For more information about the production of the film, go to www.comewhatmaythemovie.com.

PREVIEW REVIEW: And the onslaught begins. Fireproof and Facing the Giants were surprise hits, so now other churches and schools are finding the inspiration and some financial backing to push for the rebirth of the Christian film genre. What always bothers me, however, is that we are supposed to accept amateur abilities simply because those involved are attempting religious or conservative themes. Here, cast and crew take on Roe vs. Wade and the Supreme Court.

Actually, that’s the best part. There seems to be a great deal of research and disciplined reasoning attached to the film’s message. And I must admit, the production values, considering the limited budget, are impressive. But the same problem occurs as when I acted in twelve films – affordable casting vs. impressive thespian skills. There’s a reason why professional actors get paid handsomely. They not only know how to become a character, causing us to look past the implausibilities of a script, most actors who make the big time have a charisma, that something extra that demands our attention whenever they appear on screen. The cast of Come What May, while game, lack that intangible something that draws us into their celluloid world.

That said, Come What May remains an interesting film. The producers have the courage to take on a controversial subject and address it intelligently. Too bad a pilot version of the film couldn’t have been produced for a major league production company, ensuring audiences the elements that make going to movies fun. But then, no major production company would tackle such a theme, at least not from the angle given here – that life begins at conception. While I cringed at some of the acting choices, I found the subject matter involving.

The script also addresses another interesting subject. Not only do the lead youngsters live an example of abstinence, the young lady won’t even hold hands unless she gets a marriage contract. Her character professes to be training to become a good wife (she even bakes), but she still maintains that attitude that no man is going to tell her what to do concerning her chosen profession – not even her husband, it is implied. While that seems applaudable in a world where 50 percent of married folks divorce, I couldn’t help but suspect that this young man would some day face the same problems his father was having with his wife’s occupational aspirations. In other words, the girl is old-fashioned to a point. And to further appease female audience members, the father defers to his wife’s check-writing authority, despite his wanting the boy to attend this Christian college.

While I have no problem with the husband preparing the meals and doing the dishes, he seems to have little backbone when it comes to the support of his son’s education. He makes a good living, yet somehow the wife writes all the checks. This is a plot device to further the story, I realize, but it rang untrue. But then maybe it’s just a sign of the times. While once equal rights leaned just a little in favor of the husband, now they do so for the wife.

Call me an old-fashioned male. I’d have written the check and insisted on holding hands.