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Trust Fund (PG)

post written by Esther Filbrun

Trust FundTitle: Trust Fund (PG)
Sandra L. Martin
Major Themes: Forgiveness
When Reese is given the chance to do something wrong, but something that will also help her to achieve her dreams, will she make the right choice—or sever her relationship with her family forever?

Recently, Trust Fund came up as a review opportunity in a homeschool review forum Mom is part of. She asked me if I’d be interested in watching it, and, if so, if I’d be willing to write the review. We got the DVD just recently, and not too long after took time to watch the movie together. I ended up really enjoying it, but at the same time coming away disappointed (I’ll get to that in a minute).

Daughter of a fairly well-to-do family, Reese Donahue has never really had any worries about financial or relationship problems. However, now that she’s getting a little older, her father and sister would really like to see her find a permanent job and settle down a little. All Reese wants is to finish writing her book and become the next New York Times bestseller. However, life seems to be conspiring against her—her father doesn’t want to give her any more money until she can be a little more responsible and her literary agent isn’t interested in giving her another advance on the book she hasn’t completed yet. Then, Reese discovers that her father has been hiding something from her since her mother died several years before. Now she must decide whether she will wait until he decides to tell her about it, or take matters into her own hands—and possibly destroy their relationship forever. When all the morals she’s been taught since she was little collide with her life dream, what path will she decide to take? Are the consequences worth the risk?

Trust Fund is a beautiful movie, one that I’d be tempted to rewatch just so I could see all the pretty cinematography and acting again—that part was incredibly well-done. But…at the same time, I’m not sure I’d otherwise be very interested in watching it again. It closely follows a very well-known parable, and that became strikingly obvious not far into the movie. That was nice, although it became fairly predictable as well.

I think the main thing that bugged me was that I was under the impression it was a Christian film, because it had a very Christian theme. However, this didn’t appear to be the case. It was fairly clean, but not once did it mention God—or even allude to Him—and the characters weren’t depicted as Christians. Although the overall moral of the story is a Christian theme, there was no reference to Biblical principles or the main reason behind why one character made the decision he did (if it had been explained in the context or with the meaning that Jesus gave with it, the movie would have packed a much stronger punch). As it was, while I enjoyed the overall aesthetics of the film, I really felt like it lacked any depth. It was a nice story. But without the real Biblical meaning, it fell flat. You might have a different opinion of the film—I hope you do!—but I don’t see myself re-watching this one in the near future.

Note: I received this movie for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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