Echoes of Innocence
Source: Catholic News Service
Well-intentioned, Christian-flavored teen "romantic thriller" about a high school senior (Sara Simmonds) who is obsessed with St. Joan of Arc and whose childhood vow to remain a virgin until she can marry her long-disappeared first love attracts the curiosity -- and eventually, affections -- of a reporter from the school paper (Jake McDorman), as well as the predatory interest of a menacingly mysterious student (Matt Vodvarka). Earnestly directed by Nathan Todd Sims, the film's positive portrayal of religious belief and admirable pro-chastity message is greatly handicapped by the uneven performances and clumsy story line, little of which makes sense. An implied teen sexual encounter and sexual thematic elements, minimal violence, scattered crude expressions, and a questionable -- but reverent -- treatment of the sacraments of penance and marriage, making it suitable for older adolescents and up. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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