Theatrical Release: May 6, 2014
DVD Release: September 26, 2014


What is Family? Every member of the human race has the desire for significance—a desire to belong. And the family is where those deepest longings are fulfilled. Unfortunately, the word “family” has all but lost its meaning in our modern cultural landscape. And the fallout has been significant. Divorce. Crime. Poverty. Addictions. Abuse. When the family is weakened, society suffers. But strong families make the world a better place!

The documentary takes the audience around the world on an incredible journey of discovery about the meaning of family. The film also features interviews with experts from all walks of life, including Professor of Law Helen Alvaré; National Center for Fathering CEO Carey Casey; radio host Michel Medved; speaker and radio host John Stonestreet; author Eric Metaxas; neuropsychologist Dr. Anne Moir; philosopher Dr. Roger Scruton; authors Gabe and Rebekah Lyons; scholar Nancy Pearcey and others.

Dove Review

This is a tremendous documentary which tackles today’s problems with a hope in God to heal the family unit. It will play in over seven hundred theaters on May 6 and is brought to the viewer by Focus on the Family. Tim Sisarich, a New Zealander and the Executive Director of Focus on the Family in New Zealand, takes the viewer on a journey with stops in England, New York, New Zealand and other places as he looks closely at the family unit and where it’s at and what can be done to improve dysfunctional families. We learn that less and less people are having children. Also, we learn that the number of fatherless homes are on the rise.

This movie not only clearly reveals the problem areas but offers hope through God’s word and encourages fathers to take their responsibility seriously and to be there for their children. We see Tim interact with his own family and the big difference his presence makes to not only his children but his wife as well. In one extraordinary scene, we see Raphael’s “Prodigal Son” painting and that is the point of this documentary, that everyone can do an about-face and return to their Heavenly Father. We are pleased to award this amazing documentary our Faith Friendly Seal for ages twelve plus. There are a few frank discussions (though not graphic) about sexuality. “Irreplaceable” features experts such as Michael Medved, John Stonestreet and several others. Every family in the world should view this documentary! It has the potential to be life changing.

Content Description

Sex: Brief clips about sexuality which feature some women dancers gyrating for a few seconds; couples seen kissing in wedding archive clips; a couple kisses a few times; one person believes in the right to have more than one partner sexually and another says to not give him restrictions on sex; a comment about sex on a college campus and a comment about one night stands; a conversation about what "hooking up" means and one person states it means having intercourse; a comment about birth control and contraceptives; it's stated a married man had an affair but eventually quit it and his wife forgave him; a woman who was sexually molested by her father states she has forgiven him.
Language: H-1; it's stated men who fool around are called "players" but women who do are called "sluts".
Violence: A woman is seen slapping a man in a video clip.
Drugs: A person drinks vodka; a comment about alcoholic fathers.
Nudity: Woman in shorts; cleavage; dancers show bare midriffs; bikinis and swimwear; shirtless men.
Other: Abortion is a topic in the video and how literally millions of girl babies have been aborted in China; the issue of divorce; discussions about fatherless homes.


Company: Virgil Films
Director: Tim Sisarich
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 83 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter