Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry is a straightforward Christian message film which promotes faith in God and Jesus, living in accordance with the teachings of The Bible, and the power of forgiveness. Set in 1970, the story involves a bully, a young boy's first crush, and the formative religious awakening of a group of 13-year-olds. It's focused on boys and their adult male mentors, leaving the only two featured female characters very much in the background. A sympathetic African-American man (the only person of color in the film) turns out to have had a troubled past. Spoiler alert: Near the end of the movie the unexpected death of a principal character impacts everyone.
This movie's intent is to encourage belief and participation in the tenets of Christianity. The film's opening frame declares: "The following story is fictional and was created to show how one person's faith may inspire others." Many religious messages follow, delivered by a kindly older man and later by the boys he influences: "The Lord is interested in everything in our lives"; "Everything in the Bible is there to make our lives better"; "Love your enemies; Do good to them that hate you," and more. There are multiple references to death, Heaven, and Hell.
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