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Movie Name
Southern Gospel

Drama/Faith-based/Based on a true story

Release Date
March 10th (theaters)

Samuel Allen, a 1960s rockstar, finds himself in jail after struggling with years of anger and blame toward organized religion that has led him down a road of rebellion. In a moment of divine intervention, the judge dismisses drug charges against him under the pretense that Samuel speaks to local schools and churches about the dangers of drugs. Given a second chance, he follows in his father's footsteps to become a preacher, overcoming the influence of a powerful church leader with a personal vendetta against his family.

SOUTHERN GOSPEL is the story of a man overcoming brokenness and never surrendering the dream on his journey to find the gospel... Southern Gospel.



• You don't want to miss this powerful story of redemption coming to theaters March 10. Get your tickets to Southern Gospel today! 

• Samuel Allen never stopped believing that everyone deserves a second chance!
On March 10, see how he took a stand for everyone who needs God's grace in their life. 
• Four-time Emmy nominee Max Ehrich stars in Southern Gospel as Samuel Wells, a 1960s rockstar who finds himself in jail after years of running from his faith catches up to him. Forced to reevaluate his life, he chooses to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a pastor. See Samuel's amazing story unfold in Southern Gospel on March 10! 
• You do not want to miss this amazing true story of redemption and hope starring four-time Emmy nominee Max Ehrich, Katelyn Nacon (The Walking Dead), Emma Myers (Netflix's Wednesday) and J. Alphonse Nicholson (P. Valley and Just Mercy)

My Review **Disclosure**
Many thanks to BMG for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.  Southern Gospel is a masterpiece in showcasing what faith, hope, and love can do for someone, even when they hit rock bottom. It's a beautifully shot film that will make you smile and make you cry, with original songs that will fill your heart with joy. The movie tells the story of Samuel Allen, the son of a preacher who loses his faith (and his way) when he can't save someone who needs him. This incident sets Samuel down a path of drinking, drugs, and rock 'n roll. But when an accident kills one of his bandmates and injures another, Samuel ends up in actual trouble. The judge agrees to drop any and all charges, though, if Samuel agrees to clean up his act and speak out about the dangers of drugs and alcohol at schools and churches. Samuel agrees, realizing he's been given a second chance. But his second chance doesn't come easy. A church leader in a position of power is out to prove that Samuel isn't worthy of his second chance. Will this man be his downfall?
I really liked this film. It was filled with drama and lots of emotion, but at its core was a message of hope and love. It was inspiring and just really exciting to watch. I thought the actor who played Samuel did a fantastic job. He seemed to carry the entire movie on his shoulders. I also liked Julie, Samuel's dad, and his best friend Barry. In fact, the friendship between Barry and Samuel was one of my favorite things. It was relatable and real. And the character of T.L. Whittmore was easily my least favorite. He's one of those holier-than-thou, I-can-do-no-wrong types who just comes across as a slimy sleazeball. He may be part of the church, but he seems vindictive and manipulative and nothing like what someone in his position should be. He's not a very likeable character.
This movie does have some possible triggers, and so I'm including a warning for sensitive viewers. This film is rated PG-13 and contains mention of rape, a father slapping his daughter in the face, suicide, drug use, alcohol, and some violence (there's a scene where one character is kicking another) and language. Regardless of these things, though, the movie is done well, and even these triggers are relevant and important to the overall plot. The core message and the heart of the movie shines through, even in the darkest moments, and I think viewers will have a new appreciation for friends, family, and even life in general.
Have faith. Believe. Love. Forgive.