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Field of Vision

By Christopher Gildemeister

Starring: Faith Ford, Tony Oller, Joseph Adler, Alyssa Shafer                

Recommended age: 5+

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green

Sex

  None

Violence

  Football tackling, brief fight

Language

None

Behavior

Bullying

 

The lives of two very different teenage boys cross in Field of Vision. Tyler McFarland is from a loving and supportive family, is the school’s top quarterback, and has led the team almost to the state championship. Cory Kimble has had a rougher life, with a succession of foster families after his mother’s death. Though skilled at both football and academics, Cory feels hopeless, particularly when he is bullied by Tyler’s jealous friend Nick. Cory befriends Tyler’s little sister, Lucy, who shares his love of books; but will the “visions” Lucy sees in her magic camera lead Cory to a deeper knowledge of himself? And once he becomes aware of the bullying, Tyler is torn…but with the state championship on the line, will he stand up and do the right thing?

Field of Vision features no negative content. Nick is shown realistically bullying Cory, swiping his clothes and backpack and shoving him, but throughout the movie the bullying is repeatedly denounced in the strongest terms, and Nick is suitably punished. There is also a bit of realistic roughhousing on the gridiron, but this is not excessive.

Though family-friendly in presentation, Field of Vision does not shy away from the tough situations and hard choices teens sometimes face. Many, like Cory, come from difficult circumstances that can lead them to despair, or (like Lucy) can cause them to lose themselves in fantasy. Others, like Tyler, face choices between “fitting in” and being popular, and doing what is right. The drama fairly demonstrates the difficulty of these choices, yet is still an entertaining film perfect for the entire family.

For its emphasis on family-friendly values, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Field of Vision with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this DVD for all viewers over age five.

 


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