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Confessions of a Prodigal Son

Thank you Bender/Helper Impact for sending us a DVD of this movie to review!

Confessions of a Prodigal Son was successfully Kickstarted in the spring of 2013.  The fundraising goal was a meager ten thousand dollars and Nathan Clarkson, the lead actor and project lead, raised $13,835.00 to make it a reality.  While the low budget aspect is hard to hide, the story told is timeliness and teaches about God's love, forgiveness, and redemption.  

Many college age kids are tired of being told what to do by their parents.  As a preacher's kid, Sean wanted to escape from his father's (Kevin Sorbo) shadow. Instead of attending a Christian college to become a pastor, he desired to go to a public college and do his own thing.  Sean's parents relented and paid for two years of college and promised to pay the other half if he didn't squander the funds and keep a grade A average.

Getting an A in his English class will be no easy task as his teacher is very strict and not very tolerant of Sean's chronic tardiness.  Sean is going to have to get his partying under control and figure out what he wants in life and what his goals are.  Not only does he need to do this for his own good, but he has to write a paper about his life story.  He still doesn't know what his is, all he does know is that he wants to be free and not told what to do by anyone else.   

Unfortunately, I couldn't relate with Sean's character and found him to be more shallow than lost.  Why the drastic rebellion?  There's not much of a back story with him and his parents other than him being a preacher's kid.  Sean's best friend in the movie is a womanizer who doesn't have much going for him other than partying and popping pills.  The most complex character in the movie is Sean's love interest (Rachael Lee) whose dad left her when she was just a toddler and is trying to forgive her father.   She turns to God for strength and encourages Sean to re-consider his relationship with God.

While the story is modernized from the Biblical parable, I feel that it could have been better.  The characters didn't click with me and there were too many holes in the story it was trying to tell.  Even though I'm impressed with what was accomplished with limited funding, I think that it could have benefited from more seasoned writers and acting talent.

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