Flywheel (Directors Cut)

Theatrical Release: October 1, 2003
DVD Release: November 13, 2007
Flywheel (Directors Cut)


Jay Austin (Alex Kendrick) wants to sell you a used car, but watch out! Many victims have fallen prey to his smiling face and hasty promises. Austin does everything his way until his dishonesty and manipulation are repeatedly exposed. Like many men, the masks he wears and the lies he tells disgust him. While having a classic convertible repaired, Austin begins a humorous and powerful journey to win back the hearts of his wife (Janet Lee Dapper), his son (Richie Hunnewill) and his community. In every man’s life, there can be a turning point. Jay Austin takes it, and he never looks back.

Dove Review

This film came out before the hit “Facing the Giants.” It is made by the same church, Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, and Alex Kendrick is once again the leading actor. He is very good at playing a used car salesman who is shady in his dealings. When he overhears his son mention that he doesn’t want to be like his dad, who doesn’t treat people fairly, Jay Austin (Kendrick) seeks the Lord and gives his life over to God. Things change dramatically in Jay’s life but he still has to deal with his shady past.

This film is funny at times, dramatic, and will inevitably make the viewer think. It is wholesome with some minor crude comments, and we gladly award five doves to the film. People who struggle in the world of sales will no doubt find it inspiring. We want to note that it has been re-edited and the color has been improved for this new release.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None
Sex: None
Language: Just a couple of crude comments like "snot" and "bull" and a "shut-up."
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A black character teases some friends and calls them "strange white boys." It is meant to be funny; a father at the end of the movie is driving with his son in the car and they each raise both arms in the air so the father has his hands off the steering wheel for a few seconds.


Company: Sony/Affirm Films
Director: Alex Kendrick
Producer: Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter