Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Michael Landon, Jr.
Michael Landon, Jr., Brian Bird, Maura Dunbar, David Kappes
Sherry Stringfield, Katie LeClerc, Adrian Paul, Julia Whelan, Sandra Van Natta, Bill Oberst, Jr.
A young Amish woman makes her first naÔve journey to the outside world in a search for her birth mother, a wealthy estate owner who is dying of cancer. When she finally finds her, she isnít expecting the womanís greedy husband to be scheming to steal her entire estate, and is soon caught up in a tangled web of deception as she desperately tries to get closer to the mother she never knew.
This story is so well written and well made that it is difficult to come up with enough words to praise its value as a wholesome and yet dramatic story. It demonstrates so well that a movie can be entertaining without featuring a lot of sex, language or violence.
A young Amish woman named Katie (played superbly by Katie Leclerc) is attempting to get her driver's license when the movie begins. Soon the story unfolds that Katie's real mother, Laura Bennett (Sherry Stringfield), has tumors and her condition is terminable, and Katie, raised by adoptive Amish parents, longs to see her real mother before she dies. Her mother Laura hopes for the same. However, Laura's unscrupulous husband, Dylan (Adrian Paul), owes a ton of money due to gambling debts and plans to thwart any mother/daughter reunion so there is no possibility of finding himself outside of his wife's last will and testament.
Eventually Katie finds herself in her mother's home but she thinks Katie is a maid as husband Dylan has planted an imposter posing as the real Katie. The drama builds as the day approaches when Laura is about to sign over her estate to Katie before she dies. But will the imposter wind up with it all, and will Laura ever learn the truth about her daughter?
This film includes comments about prayer and the Lord in addition to a great Christian song and we are very pleased to award this outstanding family film our Dove Seal for all ages.
Content Description: Sex: None Language: None Violence: Drugs: A few scenes of drinking and toasts; man seen drinking out of a flask. Nudity: None Other: Man leaves restaurant without paying; man uses imposter to pose as a woman's daughter so he can collect an inheritance.