Monday, November 18, 2013

In Gramps Shoes

For 20 years 65-year-old Ty (Donald James Parker) has prayed for a reconciliation with his estranged daughter (Francine Locke), and he is hoping that moment has arrived when he finally gets a telephone call from Amy. Due to an extreme financial crisis, she turns to her father for help, and also confesses that her rebellious teenage son, Scott (Andrew Wilson Williams), has become more than she can handle. When Amy reluctantly agrees to her father moving in temporarily, Ty finally gets to meet his two grandchildren, Scott and Sally (Brittany Blades). However, Ty's first encounter with his grandson leads to a challenge for a two mile race that alters the course of life for both. 

In Gramps Shoes (written by Parker and directed by Chip Rossetti) is a film that demonstrates the impact a person has on the lives of others. Gramps is a man who is very firm in his beliefs, but does not try to force those beliefs on others. In accordance with 1 Peter 3:15, he is always ready to give an answer for the hope is has, and his reasons for his beliefs, when questioned. His granddaughter soaks it all in and blossoms in her faith and her confidence as she spends time with Gramps. Scott, is all about challenge---he is one, he makes everything about one, and the film does a fine job of transitioning his challenging character. This movie tackles a number of topics that are relevant to today, but also has a level of humor in the interaction of the characters.

The 4 main characters play well off of one another and even when I didn't like the actions or attitudes, they were realistic. Jeff Rose and Grace Etzkorn as the track coach and his daughter gave an added layer to the film's story and I loved the performances by Denny Brownlee and Greg Robbins. This is a film you and your family should enjoy.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Heard of" and saw this movie a few days ago. Very good. Lots of good nuggets of wisdom from Gramps. The confrontation on the porch is a bit weak. (Didn't want to go into too many details about the confrontation for those who have not seen the movie.)