“Overcomer” (Sony)

Alex Kendrick, Shari Rigby and Aryn Wright-Thompson star in a scene from the movie "Overcomer." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Sony)

By Catholic News Service

Faith and sports undergird this drama linking the fates of a track coach (Alex Kendrick), a cross-country runner (Aryn Wright-Thompson) and a hospital patient (Cameron Arnett) suffering from diabetes.

Kendrick, who also directed and co-wrote the script (with his brother, Stephen) gets in his own way as evangelical sermonizing hobbles an otherwise appealing — if leisurely unfolded — story of conversion and reconciliation that would have been more effective if allowed to speak for itself. While objectionable elements are entirely absent from his message-driven film, some of the topics raised make this unlikely fare for kids.

Mature themes, including narcotics use, a bit of marital discord. 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.

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