Matthew Stevenson is a troubled kid from a broken home. When he vandalizes the local church to get back at his parents, Matthew has to repair the damage to the church to avoid criminal charges. While working at the church, he meets Ernest (John Ratzenberger), an accomplished wood carver who created the intricate woodwork decoration that Matthew destroyed. Ernest has become something of a hermit, but reluctantly comes out of reclusion to help repair the church. Now Ernest and Matthew must work together to preserve the church's beautiful antiquity, and along the way, they also manage to restore their faith in God and in life.
I was excited to have the opportunity to watch and review this movie. I am always looking for good, clean movies for my family and especially love it when we find one with a good message too. We, as a family, watched The Woodcarver and loved it. Matthew, unfortunately is not alone. So many kids find themselves lost when their parents either get divorced or have important careers that take them away. Somehow the kids get lost in the shuffle. As with Matthew, so many of them make bad choices in order to get the attention they need.
This movie not only gave us a glimpse into how a kid feels and processes the hurt but also how parents don't always make the right choices either. The two together make for a bad situation. I love John Ratzenberger in this movie. He's hurting too but so soft and kind to Matthew. Learning from his own parenting mistakes, he really has a heart for Matthew and his family.
This is a great family movie. I would recommend it to any family.
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