The Real Deal

DVD Release: March 24, 2009
The Real Deal


When a shadowy organization calling itself “The Real Deal” shuts down the country’s satellite communications systems and replaces the airwaves with cryptic messages about the state of the world, a group of Catholic high school students must decide how to respond. Seventeen-year-old Mouse Mussendon embarks on a mission to find the truth behind the mysterious Real Deal messages. “The Real Deal” will engage and challenge teens and young adults as they articulate their identities, choose their life’s direction, and explore how to live out their faith in the real world.

Dove Review

This film starts off with every cell phone getting texts about world facts from “The Real Deal.” A big part of the story is about high school kids during their senior year. Mouse is one of the main characters and she wants to get to the bottom of the texts and “real deal.” Once a suspect is arrested, she feels it was a message to her personally so she figures out how to visit the suspect in prison.

Meanwhile, others are dealing with their own inner struggles about what to do after high school, a parent mourning the loss of a spouse, parental expectations being challenged, and teachers collaborating to create a better school year next year. New friendships are formed in unusual circumstances.

The Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and above is awarded to “The Real Deal.”

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Hell-1; A--3; B.S. letters shown on screen.
Violence: None
Drugs: High school kids smoking outside.
Nudity: Painting of behind view of a naked man.
Other: Mourning the loss of a family member; disrespectful attitudes toward others.


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Daniel DeSantis
Producer: Daniel DeSantis
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 77 min.
Reviewer: Caryn Toering