“All Saints” (Sony)
By Catholic News Service
Low-key, fact-based story of a dwindling Episcopal parish in Smyrna, Tennessee, and the pastor (John Corbett) assigned by the local bishop (Gregory Alan Williams) to shut it down and sell off its property.
Partly due to the revitalizing influence of an influx of devoutly Anglican refugees from Southeast Asia (led by Nelson Lee), the clergyman sees unexpected hope for his congregation and launches a scheme to preserve the community, and help the newcomers, by transforming the fields around the church into a profitable farm. His plan draws the support of his dedicated wife (Cara Buono) but the steady opposition of an ornery veteran parishioner (Barry Corbin).
Director Steve Gomer’s wholesome drama celebrates Christian faith and family life. So believers may be willing to overlook its sluggish pace and often awkward tone.
Mature themes, including references to atrocities and rape, a marital bedroom scene. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG — parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.