Catching Faith 2: The Homecoming is a continuation of the first faith-based film in this series and showcases how problems often occur, but God is always with us. In the first Catching Faith movie, a woman’s son had struggled with alcohol, and she was mourning the lost her father. Now the woman, Alexa, and her husband, John, receive calls from their adult son, Beau, and their adult daughter, Ravyn, at the same time. Beau is calling with bad news—he has been cut from his college football team due to an injury—and Ravyn is about to get married. Alexa and John are happy for their daughter but then Alexa learns Ravyn is engaged to Alexa’s ex-best friend’s son, Nathan, and she’s upset her daughter didn’t inform her sooner about the upcoming nuptials.
Alexa takes on too much in caring for her mother, Loretta, who has Alzheimer’s. Loretta often wanders off alone, forgets her daughter at times, and does things like taking icing off a piece of cake with her hand at a party, and throwing a glass of water on Alexa when Loretta becomes angry with her. On top of this, Alexa tries to plan the wedding but has to deal with her ex-best friend trying to run the show, and she starts a new job too in which she is not supposed to be on her phone but the calls come in regularly due to the latest family emergency.
The movie does a good job in mentioning that we can do all things through Christ; Alexa and her friends regularly meet for a Bible study. One comment is made about Elijah and how he heard God’s whisper and not God’s voice in the whirlwind or fire. And when Beau becomes an assistant high school football coach working with his ex-coach, he receives some very good advice from the man: Sometimes side streets can lead to wonderful opportunities. Beau, who wanted a college coaching job, eventually realizes this truth. He is also reminded by his ex-coach of the fact that people are more important than accomplished goals.
Alexa goes through a season when several things go wrong at the same time, including the death of a loved one. But she ultimately learns that God has sent people into her life to help her bear the burdens. This movie is awarded our Dove Seal for Ages 12+.
The Dove Take This story will leave an indelible impression and remind you that we need the help of others! It is also a nice reminder that forgiving people who have wronged us is a big way to stay mentally healthy.