Friday, January 7, 2011 DVD Review: The Least Among You

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So I know when I picked out this DVD I said my goal was to have it watched and reviewed within about two weeks time...and here we are...a couple months later...again. :) So much for taking less time than my other reviews. One of the main reasons I chose this DVD was the fact that Lauren Holly, formerly of NCIS (Director Shepherd), was in it. But let me start at the beginning...

"The Least Among You" is inspired by a true story and depicts the life of Richard Kelly, a young black man who wants to make a difference in 1960s Philadelphia but has to change course when he's arrested in the Watts riots and accused of assaulting a police officer. A plea deal allows him to serve 2 semesters probation at the local theological seminary/college. The seminary president is thrilled, welcoming their first black student and pinning high expectations on Richard. Others are more skeptical. Richard finds a mentor in the college's handyman/gardener, Samuel, who helps him during his trials.

I really enjoyed watching "The Least Among You" and plan on watching it again with my husband so he can see it too. Occasionally it was a little hard to follow some of the jumps between scenes but overall a superb movie with excellent casting. Lauren Holly is great as a jaded former missionary now teaching at the seminary and Louis Gossett, Jr. beams on screen as the friendly, helpful gardener who takes Richard under his wing.

I don't want to spoil the ending but let me just say that after an hour and a half wondering what was going to was very satisfying. I plan on watching the bonus feature on the DVD "Rev. Dr. Charles Marks - The Real Richard Kelly" which tells the story of the man that inspired the movie. Overall, I would recommend this movie but would caution against showing it to younger children. The movie earns its PG-13 rating with violence, language, drugs and smoking, along with what the rating box calls "thematic elements" that I admit are somewhat necessary to storyline. Overall, a great movie that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend.

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Soli Deo Gloria,

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