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I’m Not Ashamed-Kids’ movie review

On the morning of April 20, 1999 Rachel Joy Scott was killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Colorado’s Columbine High School. Rachel was a typical teenage girl with typical teenage girl problems; drama with friends,  young love, and obeying her parents. Rachel grew up in a religious household knowing God’s love, though she struggled with her faith at times. However, after a difficult breakup with her boyfriend she finds inspiration from a homeless teenage boy whom she had previously befriended. Rachel eventually surrenders her life to God and radiates with peace and love in school and at home. I’m Not Ashamed tells the story of Rachel Joy Scott, a narrative informed by her daily journal entries. This is an amazing true story showing Rachel’s courage and bravery as she becomes and inspiration to millions of people throughout the world.






im-not-ashamedRating:  3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: January 24, 2017
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will Teens Like It?  Yes




Talking Points:

  • I’m Not Ashamed is a film that will spark some great parent/child conversations. Rachel’s faith inspires her to treat people with compassion and respect, even when they’re not nice to her. She changes a homeless boys life and a troubled teenage girl.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • We see a teenage couple kiss. We also see another teenage couple making out on a bed at a high school party
  • Rachel tells Alex (the boy she likes) that she wants to take their relationship to the next level. He thinks she means sexually,  but she means more of a commitment. He kisses her and tries to take off her shirt, but she pushes him away.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • We see Rachel contemplating suicide as she walks on a narrow ledge on top of a high rise building.
  • It’s creepy seeing Harris and Klebold planning their attack. Initially, we see them bullied by the school’s football team. On the first day of school several of the players pour baby oil on the floor and slide Harris down the hall and into a wall. The players call it “dork bowling.” This bullying led to Harris and Klebold’s brutal attack.
  • Harris Klebold play violent video games; another influence that triggers their attack.
  • As the villains are building their bombs we see how excited they are to blow up the school.
  • We see Rachel being shot outside the school and Harris asks her, “Do you still believe in God?”  Rachel responds, “You know I do,” then Harris puts a gun to her head and says, “Then go be with him.”
  • At the end of the film we see the students mourning Rachel’s loss as they put flowers on her car. This was a very sad scene.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • The bullies call a mentally disabled student, “retard,” and “freak.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • We see high school parties with kids’ drinking beer and hard liquor.
  • Rachel’s friends are drunk in one scene. We see her drinking as well
  • Teenagers are shown smoking throughout the film.

Will Teens Like It?  Yes

Overall this is an extremely sad but inspirational film that will spark some great parent/child conversations. Parents need to be aware of the disturbing and violent content.

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