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Come What May

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"...will leave you rethinking what you believe and more determined to stand up for your values."

Choose What’s Right Come What May...

With a professor for a father and a constitutional lawyer mother, Caleb Logan knows how to argue a case. When he tells his parents he wants to attend a small Christian college, they balk at first, but Caleb isn’t done pleading his case. He explains that Patrick Henry College’s team has won the National Moot Court Championship for the past two years and that he intends to be on the next winning team. His mother reluctantly agrees to pay his fee for one year, but says if he loses, then he will leave Patrick Henry. Caleb teams up with Rachel, a champion debater from the previous year, to prepare to argue Roe vs. Wade in this year’s competition. But Caleb finds his own values challenged when his mother lands a case before the Supreme Court arguing about parental notification in the case of abortions in minors. Caleb soon finds himself pulled in two directions—if he stands up for what he believes in, he risks losing the championship and alienating his mother, but if he doesn’t, he just might win Moot Court but could lose the woman he loves. Either choice could have drastic results.

“What you believe in determines what you will do” is the motto of Come What May, a new feature film by Advent Film Group. The film creatively makes a solid argument for pro-life and when life actually begins. Especially effective are the two paralleling scenes where Caleb is stating his case in Moot Court while his mother is arguing her opposing opinion before the Supreme Court.

Caleb’s parents are also having problems. His father is a Christian and his mother isn’t. She’s a workaholic, determined to rise to the top of her field, no matter the cost. She frequently misses date nights with her husband to attend parties at her boss’s home and all but ignores her husband, except when arguing with him. I would have liked to see the father’s character a bit stronger. He’s obviously a Christian, but it is shown in subtle ways, such as the biology textbook from a Christian’s perspective that he wrote and the advice he gives Caleb.

Rachel is an excellent example of a Christian firm in her beliefs and is a great role model for today’s teens. She’s determined to save herself for the man who will become her husband and won’t waste time dating other guys. She sticks to her convictions and never lowers her standard, even when she starts developing feelings for Caleb.

Come What May is quite effective in arguing the case for pro-life, though it seemed written more to reinforce Christian values than to reach non-Christians. The thought-provoking movie was filmed on the actual Patrick Henry College campus and was made by over forty home schooled students who were mentored by a handful of film professionals. Principle vs. Compromise and the Sanctity of Life are the themes of Come What May and are clearly defined in the movie, as is the statement that a baby is the living handiwork of God. The take-away value is: choosing the right path isn’t easy, but it is always worth the cost. Come What May will leave you rethinking what you believe and more determined to stand up for your values.

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Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.