I watch very few movies because I just don’t have the time to do so; however, if I were in charge of the world, I’d make To Save A Life required once-a-year viewing. Parents need to preview first to decide how they want to handle a couple of situations, but the message of the movie is well worth the trouble.
Now, I need to warn you that if you are against a movie packed full of Christian values, you may not like To Save A Life; however, I think it stands on its on and would insist that my children watch it even without the idea of God.
Why? Because To Save A Life vividly shows what can be the outcome of the cruelness of kids and especially the cruelness of kids in a school setting. There is something about school that brings out the worst in all of us, and sometimes that worst comes out as nothing short of mean, cruel, belittling, too much to stand hurt. And, like it or not, sometimes those very things come from the mouths of what are usually very nice kids who are going to grow up to do very nice things.
I’m not quite sure how, but in some way we are failing to instill in our children the ability to care about the feelings of others and especially the feelings of those who do not have the ability to stand up for themselves. To Save A Life just might be a way to open the door of communication about the problem.
I am an eternal optimist when it comes to our kiddos, and I believe that most who harm others actually have no real understanding of the damage they are doing. It’s just easy for them to get caught up in the pack mentality and let the mob take on a life of its own.
At the very least, watching this movie with your children will give all of you some great talking points that will hopefully lead to some very real discussions about the problem…because it is definitely a problem.