Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Saving Sarah Cain (2007) from Believe Pictures
Rated PG. Drama, Family Film, Faith, Romance
Description (from the film case): Sarah Cain (Lisa Pepper) is sweet, successful, slightly self-absorbed and a city girl through and through. But when the untimely death of her sister draws her to Amish country for the funeral, she makes a discovery that will change her life: she is now the legal guardian to five Amish nieces and nephews! Desperately trying to juggle the kids, her career and her comfort level, Sarah must reevaluate her priorities as she prepares for the biggest culture shock of everyone’s lives!
My thoughts: I hope you excused the rather enthusiastic exclamation points (!) in the description. 🙂
Here’s a clean and enjoyable movie with some fun and touching pieces mixed in. The changing of the title and a central plot element from that of the novel this story is based on both serve the movie well. The acting and pacing could’ve been tightened, particularly toward the beginning. And, though the actress is indeed a good crier, the tears of Lyddie’s character would have had more of an impact if they’d appeared in a fewer number of scenes. Still, it’s a movie I like watching over and over again.
While I’m aware of the central plot departure from the novel, The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis, no, I haven’t actually read the book. I’ve mentioned before why I didn’t hop on the Amish novel wagon when many other Christian Fiction readers did, and I still only read a little of the subgenre, but after watching this movie, I wouldn’t be opposed to checking out the novel one day. With that said, Saving Sarah Cain can appeal to folks who aren’t necessarily Amish fiction or even faith film enthusiasts but who like good family stories that make you feel a little something.