From Michael Flynn, producer of The Best Two Years, comes Midway to Heaven, based on the popular novel by bestselling author Dean Hughes.
Years after his wife Kate (Melanie Nelson) died, Ned Stevens (Curt Doussett, Saints and Soldiers, The R.M.) still hates the idea of dating. After all, why would he start dating again when he has his daughter Liz (Brittany Peltier) to take care of? But when Liz brings a surprise home with her during a visit from college, Ned's world is turned upside-down.
Can Ned accept that his little girl is falling for David (Kirby Heyborne, The Best Two Years, The Singles Ward), a practically perfect know-it-all who drives Ned crazy? As Ned tries to sabotage the relationship, Liz diverts his attention to Carol (Michelle Money), the beautiful single woman Ned sees jogging every morning.
With Liz and David's help, Ned will learn that with love, there are always second chances.
I bought this movie for my husband last fall as a birthday present. In the 5 months that we have owned it, we have watched it repeatedly. Every time we watch it, we are struck again by just how good it is. Funny, poignant, and tear-jerking too, it's a perfect combination. We have 3 teenage sons and they really enjoy it too. It's certainly not just for women.
In a world where so much subliminal messages of a negative nature are presented in film it is a pleasure to watch a film that is uplifting. It is not bereft of conflict or romance. It has its funny moments and some very touching moments. The acting was excellent. The script moved along. It was a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to own. Happy to support the burgeoning LDS film industry. Carry on!
Slightly disappointing movie. Not up to par with other church movies put out. The plot seemed to drag on forever, and had a strange ending. Acting was good, but was lacking in a lot of areas.
This movie was not funny or spiritual which are the two reasons I watch LDS movies. It was actually depressing as the materialism in the movie was so blatant. On the upside it was clean, well produced, and had good acting.
This is my new favorite of my collection. I'm a big fan of the comedies, but this was one that anyone could enjoy. Great story, and well made!
To compare with other LDS movies...
I thought it was better than Baptists At Our Barbeque, and Home Teachers. But I don't think it was quite up there with the total classics like Best 2 Years, Charly, and Johnny Lingo.
It's not my favorite, but the whole movie is 100% clean, and definitely has its good moments.
This is a good, clean film that everyone in the family can watch without being embarrassed by inappropriate content.
It's unusual for movies to measure up to the books they're based on, but Dean Hughes gave Excel some excellent material to work with, and Excel lived up to their name on this one.
I purchased it the day it was released on DVD, and didn't regret it in the slightest. I watched it with my wife that night, and it was a great reminder of the love we share, and the fact that that love has the potential to last forever.
The acting was fabulous, the plot great, and the humour both clean and highly entertaining. I'd recommend this movie to anyone.