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Review of Kevin Sorbo’s “What If…”

Lori from Ohio helped acquire a screening of What If… in her town. Here is her marvelous review:

Every adult goes through a period of time when he asks himself is this really my life? Is this really where my life is going? Is there an outside force at work? If given the chance, would I live my life the same? What should I do to make changes?

The movie What If… takes a look at one of those questions many people ask themselves over the years: What If… I had chosen a different life? This movie is a combination of romantic comedy and faith-based film filled with an all-star cast. Ben Walker, played by Kevin Sorbo, finds himself living the high life as a wealthy, successful investment banker: great job, beautiful fiancée, lots of material things, and, of course, lots of money. He has the perfect life, or so he thinks, until Mike the tow truck driver, played by John Ratzenberger, enters his life. Ben then finds himself in the “great What If” with a wife (Kristy Swanson), two children (Debby Ryan, Taylor Groothuis), and a career in ministry; it’s the life he turned away from 15 years ago.

Throughout the movie Ben slowly comes to understand what is truly important in life. Ultimately, God’s guidance and willingness to embrace him comes to fruition as Pastor Ben sits at the bedside of a dying man, counseling him that it’s never too late to accept God into his life. The lesson is understood by both men, and they both turn to embrace God’s will.

“It’s never easy,” the classic line many Sorbo fans anticipate hearing, easily sums up Ben’s predicament as he realizes (that) real happiness lies in making the tough choices and allowing for divine guidance. Sorbo fans have come to appreciate Kevin’s comedic timing, and won’t be disappointed here. Lots of laughter, tears of joy and sadness easily flow throughout this two-hour movie.

Christian Movies, the company behind marketing the movie, What If…, looked for volunteers to help bring it to local theaters. They asked for pastors or those involved in church ministry to offer a free screening of this movie to their community. Although neither a pastor nor a member of a church ministry, I had an interest in bringing this movie to my community, so I worked with one of the priests at my parish and made it happen. We had the screening on July 9, 2010, and had a packed house, probably 350 to 400 people.

Everyone loved it! People enjoyed the fact that it was a great story that didn’t need lots of special effects, swearing, or blood and gore to entertain its viewers…something many would like to see more of. They also enjoyed that fact that there was a life message woven into the movie theme.

Personally, I’ve watched the movie about 10 times and still laugh and cry at the same points. What If… is scheduled to open at only one theater near here – I will be one of those purchasing a ticket for opening night!

(Photos courtesy of Dallas Jenkins)

  1. August 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Oh darling, I wish I could be there…looking forward for the DVD! Thank you, Jan for posting!

  2. Anne
    August 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Well done, Lori. Thank you for sharing. I am also in the process of helping bring “What If…” to my neck of Florida, with the guys at Christian Movies. They’re still in the process on nailing down a theater & radio station (to help promote it). I have a screener copy of the film and must say how much I loved it. For now, I’m spreading the word & trying to get some screenings organized here.

    I certainly put Kevin’s performance as Ben Walker on a par with the Preacher in “Avenging Angel.” They are the best post-Herc/Andromeda roles Kevin’s done, in my opinion. I plan to see “What If…” when it does hit theaters here & buy the DVD.

    And the music by Kevin’s friend, Steve Azar, & Dan Hazeltine were a nice touch to the film.

  3. Alison Rhem
    August 10, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Thanks for posting this Jan and thank you Lori for writing this up. We were dying to here how it went. Can’t wait to see this movie.

  4. August 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Hi there. Thank you all of you for supporting this wonderful movie. Surely God is smiling at you right now. Thanks again. God bless you and have a wonderful life. May the joy be with you forever. Amen and Amen

  5. Richard Pollard
    November 4, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    This movie was just a bad remake of the family man. It’s strong christian overtones alienated me, the musical score unimaginative and repetitive. Also, I was annoyed the trophy girlfriend, was this old leather shoe and not some hot young thing…it didn’t make any sense to me.

  6. Rhonda
    February 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    This was a great review! I look forward to seeing the movie very soon!

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