Before Jeremy Camp scored chart-topping hits on Christian radio, he attended Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, Calif. In the film-version of his life, Jeremy (K.J. Apa) sneaks backstage prior to a concert by his favorite band, The Kry, to meet the lead singer, Jean-Luc La Joie (Nathan Parsons). Learning of Jeremy’s passion for music, Jean-Luc allows him to switch out his guitar during the concert. It is during that concert that Jeremy first meets Melissa Henning (Britt Robertson).
Soon, the two become inseparable as Melissa wrestles with expressing her love for Jeremy to avoid hurting her relationship with Jean-Luc—who develops feelings for her. Just as Jeremy’s music career begins to take off, his world starts to crumble when Melissa is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Faced with the difficult decision to continue his college education or support Melissa through her battle, Jeremy choses to not only stand by her side but to marry her.
During Melissa’s battle with cancer, Jeremy witnesses her unwavering faith in God despite her difficult circumstances. Melissa feels her bout with cancer will be worth it if only one person’s life is changed for the better, and she continues to worship God throughout her battle. Jeremy’s faith is strengthened because of Melissa. He believes she will be healed by God and writes songs that reflect his emotional state during her illness. When Melissa loses her battle, Jeremy questions God but his faith is restored after reading Melissa’s journal and penning the words to the song, “I Still Believe”.
This biographical drama is an emotional story about finding love, never giving up hope, and no matter the outcome still believing in God. It will inspire audiences of all ages, but may be difficult for younger viewers to understand as it deals with the loss of life. For these reasons, the film earns our Dove-approved for Ages 12+ award.
The Dove Take:
While this biopic portrays hope in God despite devastating circumstances, its depiction of loss may be difficult for younger viewers, making it better suited for audiences 12 and older.