This movie does a wonderful job looking at relationships from the inside out. It clearly demonstrates that outward appearances do not tell the entire story. Laura Shaw (played wonderfully by Maggie Baird) is a middle-aged woman, wife and mother of three sons who attends her sister’s scrapbook meetings to support her, but inwardly misses writing songs, playing the guitar, and singing. Laura’s son Shane (played excellently by Finneas O’Connell) seems to be a rebel, not enjoying fishing with his dad and fighting to avoid a trip with his dad and two brothers. It soon becomes obvious that Shane has a creative side, like his mother, which has been stymied.
Mother and son learn they have more in common than they realize when Mom begins performing again. She is rusty at first, but keeps at it and not only improves but begins writing songs again. Shane is soon playing her guitar and writing songs as well. One wonderful scene has them doing a song together, with Mom playing the piano and Shane playing the guitar as they both sing. On the big night when a producer shows up to hear the local talent, Mom suddenly develops a migraine headache and Shane goes on in her place. He surprises a lot of people including his grandfather, dad, brothers, and a girl named Lucy who he likes. Afterward, Shane lets Mom know that he doesn’t believe she really came down with a headache.
This is a remarkable story with wonderful music. We are pleased to present “Life Inside Out” our Dove Family-Approved Seal for ages 12+. It does a terrific job showing that we need to use our God-given talents. And that sometimes some pretty neat things are passed down from parents to children. This one is getting five Doves!