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Sarah's Choice

Reviewed by Tracy Darlington

"A must see for Rebecca St. James fans and for those interested in contemporary issues."

Sarah Collins is a young business woman full of dreams. In charge of a small account at a major advertising agency, she fears she might be pregnant. At the urging of a close friend she takes a pregnancy test. Shocked at the results, Sarah is now faced with the biggest decision of her life, whether to get an abortion or choose life. Her boyfriend would love for this “problem” to disappear. Before she makes her final choice Sarah is presented with three visions causing her to think about the impact of her decision on the future, reminiscent of Scrooge being visited by three ghosts in a Christmas Carol.

This is Rebecca St. James’ first leading role in a movie, and I like that her character isn’t portrayed as perfect. Unlike her mother and sister who are devoted Christians, Sarah has left God out of the picture since her father died. The scene where Sarah turns to the Lord for help was realistic and poignant. Some of the scenes in the film were slow, but they still kept my interest.

Sarah’s Choice has some famous actors in it as well, including Dick Van Patten who plays the pastor of Sarah’s church. Comedian Brad Stine makes an appearance in the movie as Matt’s uncle, Clay. An interesting tidbit - Rebecca’s real-life sister Libby Smallbone plays Sarah’s grown up daughter.

Unlike Hero The Rock Opera, this is a non-singing role for St. James (unless you count the song played over the ending credits, “Little One” which Rebecca wrote for the movie.) She’s earned some Hollywood cred with Sarah’s Choice, and I look forward to her next role in Faith of our Fathers in 2010. PureFlix wasn’t afraid to share the pro-life message in this movie, offering compelling reasons to choose life. A must see for Rebecca St. James fans and for those interested in contemporary issues.

Tracy DarlingtonTracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.

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