In truth, prior to having kids I must admit I probably rarely watched made-for-tv movies, but flash forward and two kids later – there’s something to be said about movies you can watch with your kids that start good conversations. One biggie is the subject of bullying – so many perspectives – the bully, the bullied, the ‘authority figure’ etc. – it’s easy to label people as ‘bad’ and ‘good’ in any bully scenario – ‘Field of Vision’ did a good job staying away from labeling it’s characters, yet kept things simple.
Not sure how high school aged kids would react to this movie (I see a lot of eye-rolling potential) but I think younger school aged kids would benefit from watching this flick. Although at first it may seem saccharine that all adults seem to be surprisingly ‘right’ I think it’s good that younger kids get to watch what adults should be doing, we all know kids will get plenty of chances to watch adults do the ‘wrong’ thing in both real life and mainstream media.
Would I watch this alone by myself? Probably not, but as a family, I do look for opportunities to entertain my kids while hopefully speaking about hard choices and bullying, especially since bullying does start much earlier than people think.
Through mysterious footage captured on an old malfunctioning video camera, Sinclair High School’s star quarterback, Tyler McFarland, learns that some of his teammates have been bullying Cory Walker, a troubled new transfer student. Aware that sharing this information with the coach might get his friends kicked off the team and ultimately cost the school the state championship, Tyler must choose what’s more important: winning or doing what’s right.
As these events unfold, the camera also reveals more surprising footage to Tyler’s kid sister Lucy. She learns that Cory has a secret past, unknown even to him. Now Lucy must convince her mom (Faith Ford, Murphy Brown) and family that the camera’s revealing insight is not a product of her imagination as she enlists their help to find the answers Cory so desperately needs. It’s a compelling and intriguing story that shows both the challenges and rewards of doing the right thing even when it’s tough to do.
Check out the trailer here.
- “Truth Be Told” a FOX made for TV movie! (declutterorganizerepurpose.wordpress.com)