Note from Susan: This movie review was written by my oldest son, Dylan.
Ring the Bell is a heartfelt, Christian-oriented movie about a high-strung businessman who finds God in a little town. Rob Decker is the (self-rated) top sports agent in the business, and prides himself on building a strong, prosperous company. His work is his life. However, his life takes a turn when his assistant challenges him to get back in the game himself instead of having his employees do the recruiting. That’s how Decker finds himself with a broken-down Benz in the hometown of Shawn, a young man he wants to recruit for his team.
Lucky for Decker, everything is within walking distance, and he meets a colorful cast of townsfolk, including Maggie, the owner of the Bed and Breakfast; Shawn’s baseball coach, Coach Walker; and Pastor Steve, played by musician and songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. He also meets the brother/sister coordinators of the Boys Home where Shawn lives: Scooter and Daisy. Daisy prepares Decker for disappointment by warning him away from Shawn. Decker finds that a lot more people are defending Shawn’s decision to go to college rather than helping Decker get him into the major leagues.
However, Decker soon loses his motivation to recruit Shawn in favor of Scooter, who is an incredible pitcher. When Decker finally gets a chance to talk to Scooter, he learns that there is more to life than making the limelight. God has a major impact on the lives of all the individuals in this little town, especially the boys at Cooke Boys Ranch, where ringing the bell outside is a personal symbol of accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior. Decker is soon forced to undertake a series of events in order to persuade Scooter and Daisy that he is on their side, but he finds that these events are truly God telling him that He is on his side. Will Scooter and Daisy be able to persuade Decker to abandon his hopes of finding his next baseball superstar and to turn toward God instead? You’ll find out when you watch this movie!
Altogether, Ring the Bell is wonderful. It allows for many humorous moments as the town leads Decker along their own paths instead of the ones he wishes to take, including when Maggie forces him to learn the local handshake: “The Middletown Meltdown.” It also allows for many sentimental moments as you learn about the orphaned boys and see their reactions to the Casting Crowns concert, performed by the real-life Christian band. However, the movie does not play down to those who have no background or knowledge of Christianity. It is not a course in creating Christians, but a tool for helping undecided ones to decide and for strengthening the humility of the rest. Those who know nothing of Christianity may find themselves questioning Decker’s decision to ring the bell or not. For those who are considering “this God thing,” however, this movie is a strong push in the right direction.
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