The Big Fix
A disconnected father and an overbearing mother are at odds with their teenage kids, when they’re not fighting with each other. In a selfish attempt to change the other, they pray for help only to find themselves trapped in the other’s body. Now the kids are king of the jungle running their parent’s restaurant, while the parents are thrown back into the wilderness of high school. They all have to learn how to cooperate and love each other if they’re going to make it out alive in this heart-felt comedy.
Reminders about thankfulness hang on the wall of the Reynolds’ home, only none of the family members seem to be mindful of it as they focus on themselves. The parents’ lucrative restaurant business has gained them a large house and luxury cars, but their success is adversely affecting the family. The two teenage kids, Hunter and Olivia, constantly argue—as do their parents, Michael and Karen. In fact, the parents’ constant bickering about the business has gotten so bad they discuss filing for divorce.
Even though their family is beginning to crumble, they refuse to let it show when they’re in public—especially when they attend church. But during one church service everything changes. As they listen to Pastor Drew’s message on loving one another, their focus is on how the other family members need fixing instead of changing their own faults. When the pastor suggests the congregation pray, each of the Reynolds pray for God to fix their spouse/sibling and somehow the kids switch bodies with their parents.
At first they try masquerading as the person they now appear to be but become frustrated and seek a solution from Pastor Drew. He tells the family they seem to be missing love. He advises them to stop thinking of themselves and says, “God has a way of taking our messes and making them His masterpieces.” They decide to help each other to get out of their mess and in the process develop a new sense of appreciation for each other.
The Big Fix is filled with drama, humor and circumstances that are (unfortunately) relatable for some families. The film literally shows what it means to walk in someone else’s shoes. Sometimes that is what it takes to fully understand one another and truly care for each other. Due to poor behavior and mature themes, the movie earns our Dove-approved for Ages 12+ award for its positive example of changed lives.
The Dove Take:
While this dramatic comedy portrays characters making a significant positive change in their lives, some mature themes are better suited for audiences 12 and older.