“Bennett’s War” (Forrest)

Michael Roark and Allison Paige star in a scene from the movie "Bennett's War." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Forest Films)

By Catholic News Service

Endearing sports drama about a wounded Afghan War vet (Michael Roark) who risks being permanently crippled in order to return to the motocross track, where his pre-deployment reputation was impressive, and win prize money to save his father’s (Trace Adkins) failing farm. Though his wife (Allison Paige) is initially opposed, fearing the results, he’s supported by the motorcycle mechanic and garage owner (Ali Afshar) who hired him after his stint in the military.

With its easy-to-root-for hero, pleasing portrayal of family life and slight religious flourishes, writer-director Alex Ranarivelo’s film is a crowd pleaser, though those not addicted to racing may find the competitive sequences a bit lengthy and the overall pace is somewhat languid.

Stylized combat violence, scenes of marital sensuality, a couple of mild oaths, much crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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