The Potential Inside

Theatrical Release: March 10, 2011
DVD Release: January 15, 2013
The Potential Inside


Reeling with grief in the wake of a tragic automobile accident, retired veteran cyclist, Chris Carmik, is given an opportunity he does not want, to train a rookie cycling prodigy. Preoccupied with battling his own inner demons, Chris reluctantly acclimates the prodigy, named Jake, to the fast paced world of Bicycle Racing. Using cutting edge technology and scientific training methods, Chris transforms Jake into a top contending cyclist; however, he struggles to teach Jake the most important lesson prominent in all champions – finding the true potential inside.

Dove Review

In any sport people participate in, they often see the potential inside themselves. But it is also important to see that potential in everyday life and to learn how to deal with hardships that they face. Chris loses his faith after the loss of his young daughter and questions his life. Then when pushed into coaching Jake, Chris realizes the true priorities in his life.

This film comes with a tag line that tells it all: “You never know what can be achieved until you’re pushed beyond your limits”. This is truly a movie about champions of endurance along with devotion and faith. Although this is a movie that could be watched by the entire family, due to some of the issues in the film, we award it the Dove ‘Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and older.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: All references to God are in reverence.
Violence: Man threatens another; cyclists runs into fan that steps in way; auto accident; man falls and has bloody knees as a result.
Drugs: Discussion regarding "doping" in sports; discussion regarding father having a drinking problem; man in hospital with IVs; man drinking and becomes drunk.
Nudity: None
Other: Couple argue; topic of being angry with God; death of a child and of a brother.


Company: EchoLight Studios
Writer: Scotty Curlee; Martin Montgomery
Director: Scotty Curlee
Producer: Tessa Sturgill; Marc A. Hutchins
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 96 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Scotty Curlee; Ransford Doherty; Kera O'Bryon, Michael Cuddire, Sophia Watson;Declan McGovern Jeremiah Bishop(two-time United States National Champion)
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe