“The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah” is a powerful movie about asking God some questions instead of man. Young Paul Douglas (Callan Wilson) wants to make a difference in the lives of Jews and gets an opportunity to do just that. A young man named Abraham (Glenn Tucker) becomes his neighbor and is curious about the Jesus that Paul witnesses to him about. Abraham’s strict father, Micah (Rich Swingle), warns Abraham to be cautious but when Paul suggests that Abraham ask God about Jesus, Abraham does just that!
There are ups and downs between Micah and Abraham, as well as Paul and his father Steven (Jeff Rose) after Paul becomes interested in learning more about the Holy Spirit. Micah sends Abraham off for a while to meet with a rabbi and to stay with his brother David (Donald James Parker). Soon, though burning with anger, Micah must make a decision after looking to God: Is Jesus really the Messiah?
This powerful and compelling movie shows that many Jews hold on to their traditions while still accepting Christ as their messiah. “The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah” kept me watching to find out how it would end. We are happy to award it our Faith Friendly Seal for all ages, although due to tension between characters it is not recommended for young children. This film can be a powerful teaching tool to show how important it is to address important questions to the one who is most qualified to answer–God! This one has earned five Doves, our best rating.