Approved for 12+

Runnin’ from My Roots

Following a very public fall from grace, country music star Faith Winters seeks refuge in her rural Texas hometown where she rediscovers feelings for her high school sweetheart, the local pastor. But the homecoming is bittersweet.
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Faith Winters is looking for something she doesn’t have. She has a career as a country music singer, she has the concerts, the fans, and the team striving to have her be a success. She also has the embarrassing publicity about her bad night at that one bar, and she has a mucky-muck mogul telling her that fans want “bad girls.” She has many things, but right now she’s going back to her small hometown to look for something she doesn’t have much of right now. Faith Winters is going back to her roots, looking for joy.

Faith’s return to her hometown is bumpy. There’s her warmhearted mother, her love interest from high school who’s currently the pastor of a financially struggling church, and now her ex-fiance is coming to visit. Yet, through it, Faith sees that instead of scrambling for the top after a tumble, sometimes it’s good to dig and find our roots.

Runnin’ From My Roots is somewhat bumpy as well. It’s a positive story with some poor production points. There are some endearing moments of homespun simplicity, such as mother and daughter singing on a porch, contrasted with scenes of meager blocking and editing. It’s like a sweet home-cooked meal made from limited ingredients; if you’re there just for what’s on the plate, you may be disappointed, but if you resonate with the sentiment, you may stay through until desert.

It has some portrayals and discussion of alcohol/intoxication, morally questionable business, and a dash of language. Runnin’ from my Roots is Dove Approved 12+.

The Dove Take Hometown hope takes the stage as weary country musician, Faith Winters, returns to her roots looking for joy.

Dove Rating Details


A character is a pastor; time is spent at a church; part of a sermon is heard; discussion of love and God’s command to love everyone; forgiveness, hardship, and prayer; there is a prayer of faithfulness; talk of how music is a “direct connection to God’s ear”; “God’ll provide.”


A gun is seen, and a character instructs someone to use it on someone if they show up; a woman aims gun at a man, threatening; target practice with a gun


Flirting; some characters look at others and speak longingly, others suggestively; a character is not faithful to someone they’re in a relationship with; “Hey, baby”; kiss on the side of face; suggestive text (“I want you”); affectionate hug; love song


G/OMG-4; some mild language and name-calling such as "slimeball,” “what the…,” “gosh” is said multiple times, as is “heck,” “dag,” “babe,” “thank God”


A gun is seen, and a character instructs someone to use it on someone if they show up; a woman aims gun at a man, threatening; target practice with a gun


A character is at a bar and gets drunk, and there is also discussion of it; alcohol and drinking; talk of someone “slipping something” into a drink


Some low-cut and revealing clothes; bare shoulders



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