What If…
God Gave You a Second Chance?
by Phil Boatwright

FILM SYNOPSIS: Directed by Dallas Jenkins, and starring Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and John Ratzenberger (Cheers),  What If tells the story of Ben Walker (Sorbo), fifteen years after leaving his college sweetheart Wendy (Swanson) and his calling to be a preacher in order to pursue a business opportunity.  Now with a high-paying executive gig, he hasn't even considered a family nor felt the need to set foot in a church in years.  But God has other plans.  Soon, with his car broke down outside the next-to-nowhere, he is rescued by a truck driver, who also happens to be an angel about to show Ben what he's missed.

Before he can get back to his old life, Ben must first embrace this reality and discover the value of faith and family.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The press notes suggest that the story is in the "tradition" of It's a Wonderful Life and The Family Man, but viewers might find it a complete steal from those two storylines.  What should keep the writers out of court for grand theft movie, will be the inclusion of its Christian-themed message.  Indeed, the film's strength lies in its spiritual moral.  Unlike The Family Man, a film that goes out of its way to avoid too spiritual of a message, What If makes its message clear, we need to incorporate Christ into our daily lives

Rated PG: while I caught nothing objectionable, the adult themes may be confusing for little ones.