To Save A Life

To Save A Life tackles the issue of teenage suicide head on. It's emotional and gritty. Alcohol abuse, teen sex, teen pregnancy, pot smoking, bullying, cutting, and depression are all part of the subject matter of this movie. This film doesn't sugarcoat the current world that teens live in. It's true to life.

One of the strong points this film successfully conveys is that there are cliques at high school. When I mention cliques, I think of the popular kids, jocks, cheerleaders, rich kids, poor kids, stoners, punk rockers, nerds, geeks, and Goth groups, just to name a few. There are ethnic and minority groups as well. If you're not part of the "in crowd", high school can be very cruel. With advent of social media, the problem can be made even worse.

In high school today, more than ever kids need to be taught to be kind and loving towards those that may be different than them. In Matthew 7:1, Jesus states "Do not judge, or you too will be judged". In Matthew 25:40, Jesus states "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." This movie gives a great portrayal of those scriptures in action.

Be forewarned that this movie is not for everyone and may offend you. It is rated PG-13. There is some sensual sexuality, as well as skimpy clothes worn by girls. These scenes could be considered risqué. The small portion of violence as well as cutting may upset some. However, this movie is targeted at teens, and as such, it shows what real life is like these days in high school.

The message of To Save A Life is powerful and is not only applicable to teens in high school. Anyone at any age can apply the biblically sound lessons this movie teaches. There are curriculum kits, small group resources, and Bible studies available on the Internet for this film. Some of them are downloadable for free.