WAHM Reviews/Reacts


Honor begins at home. 

From the wild opening scene through the heart of this story, Courageous, reveals the story of five fathers, all in law enforcement. One is a bit protective of his kids, yet has a healthy family relationship. Another has abandoned his girlfriend and their child before the little girl’s birth. A third is a Hispanic worker struggling to find his role in a country where his work permit doesn’t necessarily allow him to earn a living. A fourth is divorced, with visitation rights. The final father is the lead in the film – a dad disconnected from son and daughter because he prioritizes his job above his family.

When tragedy tears into the circle of five friends with the death of a loved one, the men begin a journey to connect and build into their kids and wives. In stark contrast to these family men, the plot intersects the police officers encounters with a gang. The story weaves in information about the role and influence of fathers in our society. It identifies hard facts about the correlation between “missing” fathers (those who’ve left the home and those still in it) and kids who turn to crime. The movie is a call to accountability. It speaks to the role of men and their responsibility in raising strong, healthy kids. Courageous offers great action, plenty of humorous moments and some very difficult scenes which will evoke a variety of emotion responses from the viewer. (http://www.imdb.com)


Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alex Kendrick
Produced by Stephen Kendrick
Written by Alex Kendrick
Stephen Kendrick
Starring Alex Kendrick
Ken Bevel
Kevin Downes
Ben Davies
Robert Amaya
Renee Jewell
Elanor Brown
Taylor Hutcherson
Angelita Nelson
Donald Howze
Tony ‘T.C.’ Stallings
Music by Mark Willard
Cinematography Bob Scott
Editing by Alex Kendrick
Studio Sherwood Pictures
Provident Films
Affirm Films
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s)
  • September 30, 2011
Running time 130 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Courageous is a 2011 independent Christian drama film produced by Sherwood Pictures and was released to theaters on September 30, 2011. It is the fourth film by Sherwood Pictures, the creators of Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof. Filming in AlbanyGeorgia concluded in June 2010. The film was marketed by Provident Films, which also marketed their previous films.

The film was directed by Alex Kendrick, who co-wrote its screenplay with his brother Stephen Kendrick. Kendrick also stars in the film, along with Ken Bevel,Kevin Downes, and former running-back Tony Stallings. About half of the cast and crew were volunteers fromSherwood Baptist Church, while the remainder were brought on through invitation-only auditions.

The film was produced with a budget of $2 million, but on its opening weekend it grossed $2 million in pre-sales alone and grossed $9.1 million total for the weekend. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics, but a rare A+ CinemaScore rating from filmgoers. (http://en.wikipedia.org)

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