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  • Writer's pictureJenni Lien

Unsung Hero (Film Review)


Unsung Hero Movie

You know how the older you get, the more you realize your parents are wise?

When it comes to media (e.g. tv shows, movies, music, etc.), my mom has always taught us to be careful regarding what we allow into our minds. As a kid, I was upset when she threw out some of my favourite animated movies (ahem just because it’s “cute” and marketed for kids, does not mean it’s actually suitable for kids) but now I’m grateful. 


As Paul says, “I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.” (Romans 16:19)

All this to say, it’s so cool to be living in an era where there are more quality, healthy content options than ever before. And to have them playing in major movie theatres! God is moving.


Recently I received tickets to Unsung Hero and took my parents. To be honest, we went mainly because it seemed like an interesting family friendly film, and from the trailer I know it was produced by Christian music stars for KING + COUNTRY. But that’s about it.  Which meant…


We were in for some fun surprises.

The film’s synopsis is at the end of this post but if you want just a glimpse into the film, here are a five high-level takeaways:


  1. God answers prayers. Keep praying. Pray more. And keeping track of answered and unanswered prayers often shows us just how real God is. He hears us!

  2. Being surrounded by even one person who believes in your God-given calling is so valuable. (May we have these people and be these people.)

  3. Some seasons are hard, and hard for a long time, but God is faithful.

  4. We all struggle with pride to some degree but God says being humble is good. Don’t let pride get in the way of accepting support.

  5. Framing is so important. As one of the Smallbones’ said (leaving the name out so you can be surprised like me), “Because mom and dad posed it as an adventure, it was that. And they didn’t seem scared, so we weren’t scared.”


And a couple of other delightful things:


  • Your favourite Christian celeb is likely in this film (anyone else an Avery Barkley fan??).

  • Mini for KING + COUNTRY are too cute.


Catch Unsung Hero in Cineplex theatres (including Galaxy Cinemas), and bring those around you interested in a feel-good family film. You’ll laugh. Anyone who’s a parent will probably relate to a couple of things (loved hearing my parents’ reflections after the film). And also go support young Christian artists doing new things in culture. Lord, let your light shine in more and more places!


About Unsung Hero

When David Smallbone’s successful music company collapses, he moves his family from Down Under to the States, searching for a brighter future. With nothing more than their seven children, suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING + COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives. Based on a remarkable true story, Helen’s faith stands against all odds and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs. With their own dreams on hold, David and Helen begin to realize the musical giftedness in their children, who would become two of the most successful acts in Inspirational Music history: five-time Grammy Award-winning artists for KING + COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James.


FILM RUNTIME 1:52:18

RATING: PG (official)


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